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Chapter 220

An occupation, but isolated by all . This meant it would have no way to continue its existence and was destined to perish . An occupation needed to be inherited; what it needed were the people . This was the most important part, the people . Unfortunately, no one favored the occupation, so no one could continue it . An occupation that loses its inheritance is similar to a clan that loses its inheritance . Sooner or later, it would perish .



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This was the reason why Maru was so serious about the matter . The inheritance of black magicians would be broken if no one was willing to become one . With regards to black magicians, this wasn’t good news .

Maru said, “Since this situation occurred, we immediately began to investigate . These rumors didn’t appear on the continent for no reason at all . It’s certain that some people were specifically aiming for this . After careful investigations, we found that the ones behind these rumors and promoting it amongst the people came from Radiance Church . ”

To be honest, this answer wasn’t out of Zhao Hai’s expectations . On the continent, black magicians had been isolated, yet light magicians earned a great deal of respect . The reason for this status was their extermination of black magicians everywhere .

If these rumors were said to be unrelated to light magicians, then no one would believe it . Yet, for those in power, this issue didn’t harm them . Radiance Church’s religious doctrine stated that the commoners shouldn’t bitterly stand against their rulers and stay in their status quo . The reasoning given by Radiance Church’s religious doctrine was that by going against them, you would suffer hardship and wouldn’t even be able to enter heaven after death .

What is heaven? Nobody has seen it, but the Radiance Church’s religious doctrine states that it is a world of beauty . It is a place where people didn’t need to do anything, yet would be able to eat good food and wear extravagant clothes .

Without a doubt, such a doctrine was favored by those in charge and wouldn’t be opposed by many who ruled countries . As such, Radiance Church missionary work went unimpeded and they continually suppressed the black magicians while also taking an uncaring attitude to everything else .

Maru looked at Zhao Hai and found that he didn’t look that surprised . He smiled bitterly as he ridiculed himself . He’d observed that these people already knew of this issue . Zhao Hai and the others looked as though they’d already guessed this before while those on Maru’s side had spent so long to come to such a conclusion .

Maru smiled bitterly and said, “It was due to this insight that the black magicians set up their own organization, the Black Magician Alliance . There are two main purposes for this organization . First is to oppose the Radiance Church . The second is to pass down the magical techniques of black magicians . ”



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Zhao Hai nodded and looked Maru in the eye . “So this is the reason you looked for me? To have me join the Black Magician Alliance because I am a black magician?”

Maru nodded . “Yes, it is because you are also a black magician . A black magician like you will certainly be hunted down by the Radiance Church . Some time ago, Garan[2] had tried to harm you . It was actually the Radiance Church that sent him to deal with you . Furthermore, you still do not know how strong the Radiance Church is . Their power is a great deal stronger than what was displayed back then . ”

Zhao Hai and the others looked at Maru, who also looked back at them . “You may not believe it, but right now, many small duchies are currently being directly controlled by the Radiance Church,” Maru said with a cold voice . “Furthermore, Southern King Boric is a Protector Knight[3]of the Radiance Church and was also ordered to deal with you . So aside from Carlo, this was definitely due to the Radiance Church . ”

This was contrary to what Zhao Hai and everyone else anticipated . They didn’t think that the powerful and influential Southern King Boric would willingly become a Protector Knight of Radiance Church . This truly surprised them .

Maru looked at Zhao Hai and said, “Don’t be so surprised . Radiance Church is composed of three divisions . First are the various archbishops headed by the Pope . Next are the Protector Knights of the Round Table Knight Order[4] . The last division are those who follow the teachings of suffering monks and make up the Monk Order[5], and the three groups are relatively independent of one another .

“The main task of the Pope is to manage the daily operations of the church . The Round Table Knight Order protects the church while the Monk Order’s main duties constitute missionary work . ”

Zhao Hai and the others listened quietly . Hearing such a detailed explanation from Maru showed that they hadn’t been investigating Radiance Church for only a few days . It seemed like the phrase, “the person you understand the most is your enemy,” wasn’t wrong .

Maru continued, “Although the Pope manages the daily operations of Radiance Church, he doesn’t have the power to control the Round Table Knight Order, nor the Monk Order . The knights within the Round Table Knight Order of Radiance Church are in fact made up of members that are powerful figures of various countries . The identity of each individual isn’t simple and they manage the Round Table Knight Order, which is similar to managing the entirety of the church’s armed forces .



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“The Pope, in addition to managing the daily affairs of his archbishops, also controls some of the church’s outside powers, such as a few assassin organizations and mercenary groups . Compared to these two, the Monk Order seems relatively weaker, but could be considered Radiance Church’s most devout followers . They generally wear coarse clothing and travel for a long period of time around the continent in order to spread the teachings of the Radiance Church . As they do so, they heal people of their illnesses and do not possess riches . They do not hunt for their food, but instead rely on charity . The Monk Order is composed of magicians, but since the church is getting more and more rich, fewer individuals are willing to become suffering monks . There are only a few true suffering monks left . ”

After telling them of such, Maru couldn’t help but reveal a color of admiration . It was clear that he had a high level of approval of those suffering monks . It was sad, however, that they were now enemies of the Radiance Church .

This was the first time Zhao Hai had heard of such self-torture as an occupation . It sounded relatively similar to what he knew of monks, but they were also different . They sounded a great deal stronger than regular monks .

Maru sighed . “If the Radiance Church could be like those suffering monks, then the continent would be very lucky . What a pity . Nowadays, only a few of those magicians could endure such hardship and become a suffering monk . Right now, the Radiance Church is controlled by the Pope and the Round Table Knight Order . They resort to finding ways of increasing and enhancing the status of the Radiance Church in the hearts of the people on the continent . They are hanging onto the laws of the land in order to make money . They are greedier than merchants and have a darker heart than politicians[6] . ”

Maru clenched his teeth as he said this . It was obvious that the suppression of the black magicians had been led by the Pope and the Round Table Knight Order .

Maru calmed down and looked at Zhao Hai, saying, “You may not believe it, but previously, the Immortal Mercenary Group that had attacked Laura was controlled by the Radiance Church . It was also the same with Garan[7], and those three black magicians that had been hired to attack you . The ones behind the scenes is the Radiance Church . No one knows of this, however . On the outside, the Radiance Church shows a benevolent and compassionate appearance, but are actually secretly participating in evil deeds comparable with devils . ”

Zhao Hai and the others were shocked . This news, for them, was truly too shocking[8] . They had no way of knowing who had commissioned the Immortal Mercenary Group . They never thought that such shadowy killing organizations like this had links with the Radiance Church . Moreover, Maru knowing this information meant that they’d carried out a detailed investigation . It seemed that the Black Magician Alliance wouldn’t be a good crop[9] .

Maru watched Zhao Hai’s face and smiled faintly . “These issues are matters we investigated clearly . If we didn’t have such strength, then we wouldn’t be able to match up against Radiance Church . The reason why they pitted Boric against you was, first, because they wanted to get their hands on your Taoyuan products . The second reason was because you are a black magician . They are afraid that you’ll join the Black Magician Alliance . If you did so, then with your financial support, the Black Magician Alliance would become a greater threat to them . ”

Zhao Hai and Laura were both surprised for a moment . The two of them couldn’t help but look at one another . Although Maru’s words meant nothing on the surface, Zhao Hai had actually deciphered the fact that the Black Magician Alliance was lacking in finances .



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They weren’t fools . Maru could give such a confidential performance because he had a reason . At first, Zhao Hai didn’t know what it was . Now, however, he understood . To put it bluntly, they needed him for his money .

Maru saw their expressions and immediately knew what they were thinking . With a righteous air, he said, “Please, Mister Zhao Hai, don’t misunderstand . I invited you to join the Black Magician Alliance not because of your money . As an organization, we, the Black Magician Alliance, do not have distinctions between upper and lower ranks . The alliance does not have a leader, but an Elders Assembly . The Elders Assembly will not order its magician members . If they want a magician to do something, then they would first listen to the magician’s opinion on the matter .

“This time, the main reason we are asking Mister to join the Black Magician Alliance is simply because you are a black magician . Aside from those controlled by the Radiance Church, we invite all black magicians to join the alliance . ”

Zhao Hai nodded and said, “After joining the alliance, we will I need to do?

As soon as Maru heard what Zhao Hai said, he knew this matter had passed through open doors . Thus, he immediately said, “There are no excessive requirements, just two . First, since it’s difficult to meet all the magicians in the alliance, members should lend a hand to each other when they can . The second is to collect any information on the Radiance Church and deal with them however possible on one’s own . These two are the only requirements . ”

Zhao Hai nodded and said, “What can the alliance provide me then? Of course, I don’t mean in the financial aspect, but what can they provide me in other aspects?”

Maru smiled slightly . “Of course there will be benefits . The alliance can provide you with information and intelligence . We can also provide you with manpower to help you . Naturally, the manpower provided will require a cost to be handed to the alliance . Furthermore, you will need to commission every person you take in . ”

 

Notes:

-This chapter was MTL’ed . Please leave a comment for constructive criticisms and advice . Thanks .

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-Please check out the Editor’s footnotes, thanks .

Footnotes:

[1] 光明教会 – Guāngmíng jiàohuì . Light/Bright/Clear light . Church . I wanted to keep this separate from Light Magicians—光明魔法师—since the church doesn’t really house only Light Magicians . As such, Radiance Church . Light Church is also generic sounding…  [2] The RAW said Zhao Jia, but he shouldn’t know Zhao Hai changed the guy’s name to Zhao Jia… Or that he has a light magician undead…  [3] 护教骑士 – Hù jiào qíshì . Protect/Guard (护) . Religious (教) . Knight (骑士) . If people want, it can also be Guard Paladin or something, but that sounds too impressive… Guardian Knight would also have been a choice… but Guardian is 衛士, and 士 means knight/warrior, so it’s weird, kinda .   [4] What a mouthful . 圆桌骑士会 – Yuánzhuō qíshì huì . 圆桌 = Round Table . 骑士 = Knights . 会 = Conference/Association/Society .   [5] This was a difficult one . 行者会 – Xíngzhě huì . The 会 is the same as above, but the first two 行者 were so confusing… I asked another TL and they said 行者 can mean monk, so I just went with it…  [6] Don’t ask . There seems to be politicians in this world ruled by a rather strict class system…  [7] Again, he uses Zhao Jia…  [8] It’s also a common cliche nowadays .   [9] Farming idiom I don’t get .  

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