Published at 29th of September 2019 08:25:06 AM

Chapter 203
On one side, there were the nobles that wanted more power and wanted to dethrone the Elbas family .

They tried to probe a reaction from the Royals to understand their line of rule and sent one of the heirs of a large-size noble family for the mission .
One the other one, there were the Royals that wanted to maintain control over their subjects .
They could not personally attack Samuel's group because doing that would lead to a public uproar but they also wanted to limit the growth of the other noble families .
That's why they used the criminals that they were gathering for the creation of a hidden army .
In a world were birthright decided most of your future, there was an overabundance of individuals that broke the rules in order to become stronger .
Those individuals were under the control of Thaddeus' branch of the Royal family .
Noah clearly understood why the Royals needed to create such an army .
'There are too many noble families . No matter how strong they are or for how long they have accumulated resources, one family can't match hundreds of them . Yet, if the Royal dynasty manages to create soldiers out of criminals, they would obtain the perfect expendable army and would fix the issue of the numerical disadvantage . '
He thought after going back to the cave to rest .

Noah didn't want to stay in that place for long but he needed at least a few hours to recover from the battle .
His sea of consciousness and dantian were almost empty, he needed time to refill them .
Luckily, he had enough potions to use which largely quickened his rate of recovery .
'I was used as a pawn in their political games . The Royals wanted to test the strength of their new force while the nobles wanted to see what kind of reaction the Elbas would have . Even the heir of a large-size family is nothing in the eyes of cultivators in the heroic ranks . '
He clearly remembered the cultivator's words .
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'"You are just one human" . I hate to admit it but he is right, with my little strength I can't avoid being involved in these matters . Refusing them would just aggravate our relationship and my anonymity depends on their goodwill . If I want to keep my freedom, I have to leave . '
Inevitably, Noah began to think about abandoning the Utra nation and escaping where the Elbas family and the Balvan family could not reach him .
'I have still things to do here though, especially the matter about the forging . '

He still couldn't leave .
He needed a safe environment where to experiment with his creations and he also needed the resources of the capital, the Royal city offered too many opportunities .
'No wonder cultivators don't want to leave it and ultimately accept being on the Royals paybook . Sacrificing freedom for a smooth cultivation journey seems the smartest thing to do . '
If Noah didn't have his wild ambitions, he would also think of joining the ranks of the Royal family .

'However, for how long will they support me? Will they allow me to become a rank 4 cultivator? Will they allow me to attempt in the breakthroughs for the divine ranks? I don't think so . '
A ruler, in order to govern, had to be stronger than its subjects, it couldn't allow for individuals to surpass its level .
Noah was sure that if he joined some organizations, he would soon be suppressed like it had happened in the inner circle of Balvan mansion .
He sighed thinking about that .

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His energies had still to recover so he had time to sort his thoughts .
'Is this world all about birthright?'
Noah ultimately had that doubt .
'Birth defines your social status, the number of techniques that you can obtain, the spells, and so on . Sadly, I'm not an exception as most of my battle prowess derives from my element . '
Noah wasn't underestimating himself .
He knew that, even if he considered only his martial art, he was one of the best warriors of his generation .
He had trained nonstop since the age of eight after all, his determination and diligence were unmatched .
However, most of his overwhelming strength came from the Demonic form which expressed the full power of the darkness element .
'Does my value strictly depend on my element? If I had a common aptitude, would I still be this powerful?'

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Noah lingered on those questions for a while before determination filled his eyes .
'I obtained the Demonic form spell because I was the best of my generation . I surpassed nobles and nurtured soldiers to obtain it . Everything I have, I took it with my own hands . '
There was no reason to overthink issues over which he had no control .
'I might have been lucky to be born with this aptitude but I've also had to risk my life for each of my improvements . I would have been a great cultivator even if I was of the fire element . '
He stood up as soon as he resolved his doubts, moving toward the exit of the cave .
Noah didn't want to stay too much in that place .
Even if the Muwlos family had a tacit agreement to not use powerful cultivators, that wouldn't prevent Samuel's father from arriving on the battlefield and kill the criminal that took his son's life .
'To prove it, I will create with my own hands something that surpasses every birthright . '
His resolve was steeled, he knew exactly what he had to do .
'I need to buy new weapons, preferably inscribed items in the second rank . I need to sell all the items that I don't need and stash rank 4 materials to be always ready to escape . I need to forge using the Demonic form as a material . I need to bring my body in the heroic ranks . In the end, I need to create my own techniques . '
Noah still had some of Abel's blood to absorb but his priority was returning to the Royal city at that moment .
'Time to go back!'