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Law of the Devil - Chapter 15


Published at 18th of March 2016 09:10:44 PM
Chapter 15

Duwei picked up a candle, thought for a moment then took a weapon from the wall . Though considering the little body he currently had, he chose a short sword . Then he took a few new candles and put them in his pocket .



Duwei stepped into this hidden room . The faint candlelight could only light up two to three steps of space . Luckily Duwei’s higher spirit power allowed him to be better aware of the surrounding .

This was a secret path inside the wall, both sides were stone walls . The whole path was covered in dust . Even though tried his best to move softly, he couldn’t help but stir up the dust .

He would ocassionally step on some small rocks . Duwei moved forward cautiously under the flickering candlelight .

Luckily this place seemed to be ventilated . Even though the candle was flickering, it didn’t go out due to a lack of oxygen .

After a while, he reached a set of stairs . Narrow spiral stairs leading down . They were also made of stones and appeared crude, but at least they felt solid enough . Following the path down, Duwei reached a small door after thirty steps .

The metalic door was rusted . Duwei tried to turn the handle but found out the door was locked . He sighed then remembered that line from the book shelf .

“The drinking gourd is the key . . . ”

Duwei thought for a moment, then looked around with the candle . Finally he found a picture on the ceiling . The picture was carved into the ceiling . He could barely made out that was a sky map . Although he was not well versed in stars, he still found what appeared to be the Big Dipper .

The ceiling was a bit too tall for him to reach . He started studying this map witht he candlelight . As a candle was burning out and he was about to light up another one, he suddenly thought of an important question .



Key? What a joke! If this secret path are to be discovered, then even if that person doesn’t have a key, couldn’t he just get some tools to brute force open the door? If so then the key wouldn’t be too important . Yet that hint specifically indicated key . There must be a different meaning .

In other words, it wasn’t possible to open the door without the key . This key probably wasn’t a literal key .

Duwei sat down to think for a while . When he stood up again, he jumped and hit the ceiling with his short sword .

Bang!

Duwei’s eyes lit up! This sound was a little airy .

He bent down and found a crack on the ground . Then stuck his sword in the crack and stood on top the sword . His hands could barely reach the ceiling now .

The ceiling was covered in a thick layer of dust . He groped for a while and could feel the Big Dipper felt different from the other places . He tried some methods like knock, twist, turn, etc .

Finally he turned some place and one of the star moved . Along with a crackling sound, the floor on the corner sank . A path appeared on the ground leading downward .

Duwei jumped down from the short sword with a smile . Just as he thought, it was all a trick . Duwei was sure his speculation was correct . The rusted door on the side was just a disguise . The real secret was not on this door . If whoever came here didn’t know the hint of the Big Dipper, then he wouldn’t be able to find the real secret .



Duwei was sure the real secret lied in that new path . He walked over to the path . The entrance was very narror, it could barely let a person in . The inside was dark, Duwei lit a candle and threw it inside . He could see the stairs weren’t deep, it’s just about two to three meters tall . This was probably a secret room .

He waited by the entrance for a while . When there didn’t seem to be anything unusual inside, he cautiously walked down the stairs .

This was a concealed room, the sides were stone walls . On the wall were a row of chests, most of them locked and rusted . In the middle of the room was a stone stand .

The height of the stand reached Duwei’s waist . There were a lot of decorations carved on the stand . The center was a big circle with stars on the side .

Duwei inspected it a little but he couldn’t figure out anything . Then he moved his attention to the chests . Most of these chests were locked and the locks were rusted . After some effort he found one that wasn’t locked! The only one not locked .

Inside it was a stone casket with the Roland emblem carved on it . Duwei took out the casket and opened it up . Inside the casket was a scroll . The scroll was filled with words and a hexagonal jewel fell out from the scroll .

Duwei patiently lit his third candle and started reading the scroll .

“Dear reader . You must be an descendant of the Roland family . First you must know one thing . This letter was written by your ancestor . And I am the wife of the Roland family’s seventh chief, Star Reader Saimer . ”

Duwei was surprised by this opening . Saimer? He knew there was an ancestor that was very interested in Star Reading and even married a Star Reader . The tallest tower in this castle was built by that ancestor for his wife to observe the stars at night .

Duwei didn’t expect this letter to be from that Star Reader .

He continued with the letter .

“When you are reading this letter, I hope you can understand that what you are about to face is something with considerable risk . You will perhaps open a forbidden door, and behind this door is a forbidden domain out of reach by humans . At the same time, this is also the achievement of my research . If you are prepared to take the risk, then take this jewel and search the room for an opening . Insert this jewel in it and you will receive all the information I left behind . To be certain that this inheritance does not go to outsiders, you will need the blood of a Roland . Drip your blood on the jewel and it will lead you to my message . ”

At the end was an extra line, “Will the great Roland family prevail . Because of my husband, I fell in love with this family . Your ancestor Saimer Kila Roland . ”

Duwei finished reading and was shocked . According to what he know of the family history, he had a deep impression of Saimer Kila Roland . The wife of the seventh chief and a famous Star Reader . She was revered in the field of Star Reading . Duwei’s first teacher Mr . Rosia was also a Star Reader . The few times they mentioned her, he was filled with respect towards her . He also mentioned that Saimer was the greatest Star Reader in the past two hundred years .

The more important reason that this name left a deep impression on Duwei was this Star Reader was someone who loved her husband deeply . The ancestor that she married didn’t live long . He passed away at fifty . And she killed herself in that tower he built for her the third day he died .

Before she died, she carved a line on the tower . “Because of love, we will live forever . ”

These last words made Duwei remembered her .

Duwei bent down and started searching for the opening without hesitation . It didn’t take long for him to find it . He cut his finger and dripped a drop of blood on the jewel . Then put the jewel in that opening . Then took two steps backward .

Suddenly the decorations on the stone stand lit up . The room became as bright as during the day . To a point that Duwei couldn’t open his eyes .

These light gather together and formed a pillar of light . Inside the pillar was a human figure . This figure had the size of a real person . Though not a real person, an illusion that looked very real .

Then he remembered something important! This legendary Star Reader was also a great magician . What just happened in front of him was obviously some magic .

As the light began to dim, Duwei could finally look with his eyes . He could make out the figure inside the pillar of light .

A woman dressed in a red robe, with silvery long hair, a beautiful face, tender eyes, but that pair of black eyes gave Duwei a feel of strangeness .

“The one that opened the message, I am your ancestor Saimer Kila Roland . ” This illusion spoke . “This is a magical message I left before I died . This magic circle will need that jewel and the blood of a Roland to activate . Since you can see this message, then you are the descendant of the family and you can obtain my secret . ”

Duwei looked at the woman in front of him with shock . She could use a magic circle and passed down a magic for over a hundred year . This kind of magic talent belonged to a great magician .

“I don’t know how many years it has passed, or how much mana is left inside that jewel . So listen to every word I say . Because I am afraid there isn’t enough mana to activate this magic circle a second time . ”

The illusion said . Even though Duwei knew this was only an illusion, he still nodded to it .

“First I have to explain, what I am about to give you, may bring you unlimited amount of profit or trouble . Because this is the achievement of my whole life’s research, no one knows about it other than my husband . Since you can come to this point, you probably has a fair amount of knowledge on Star Reading, at least on stars . First I have to tell you a crucial fact, all the Star Readers in this world are wrong! Every one of them are wrong! Because Star Reading is not only a method of telling the future based on observing the stars . Even though everyone thinks of it as a divination magic, but I have to tell you it’s a type of powerful and profound magic . Star Readers shouldn’t be just scholar with knowledge of the night sky, nor fortune tellers . Real Star Readers should have power that rival a magician . If magicians can borrow power from the nature like wind, and fire, then why couldn’t Star Readers borrow power from the stars? We could even go further than that . Because I discovered a power even magicians couldn’t master, and that is the law of the universe . ”



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