Saleen was contemplating if he should return to check on the city. If the city base was okay, he would be a joke as he believed in divination even though he was a mage.
The most fundamental problem was, concern brought about chaos. It was impossible for Saleen to ignore the danger of his lair. Even if there was only one percent of the possibility, he would pay a hundred percent attention to it.
The Oceanic Ice Block was far away from the city base and the ship was moving. Due to the factor of location coordinates, the sound transmission magic array could not be put to use. The expense of the sound transmission magic array was not minor, but it was more economical compared to magic array that transferred material.
Then, Saleen said, “We don’t need a long time to go back. After the Pan’s Turtle alchemical boat leaves here, it can travel at high speed. At about two thousand miles everyday we only need two weeks max to rush back. It’s almost February, I reckon we would reach home at the end of March.”
“Mm, I’ll obey you.” Sika was worried too as there were a few thousand Caucasus people living in the city and the Caucasus people followed her to Saleen’s city to look for a new homeland. Holy See created a foul atmosphere in the Caucasus Region and the limited priests were seeking a way out for the village.
“Banchajanna!” Saleen shouted as he walked out of his cabin.
“Mage Saleen?” Banchajanna was still mending his body and he quivered in his heart when he heard Saleen’s unfriendly tone. “Is there something wrong with the mask? Master seemed to be fine when he wore the mask back then, nothing seemed to happen. Master’s capability seemed to be stronger then Saleen, the mage. Even if master was fighting against Gods, he had the capability to fight, but Saleen…”
Banchajanna then realized what went wrong. Due to soul bond, he revered Saleen as his master, but such awe made him overlook Saleen’s that power was still too weak.
The mask was stolen by Banchajanna from Shanglan. After he got the mask, only then did he realized that it was useless to spirits of the dead. He of course dared not return it to Shanglan and kept it in secret. Shanglan did not use the mask much and only Banchajanna knew about this while the other two Kings had no idea. Judikaka and Diyabannersa would have broken Banchajanna into pieces otherwise.
“You stole master’s item, are you crazy?”
The three Kings were afraid of Shanglan. What Banchajanna did was seen in Shanglan’s eyes, but the mask was something that he would be well with or without it. The three Kings were nurtured by him personally, so there were feelings for them. Banchajanna always turned everything topsy-turvy and Shanglan was well aware of it, so he would not punish him for that.
Banchajanna did not know, so he had been keeping the mask as he dared not take it out. That was until when he needed the bones in Saleen’s hands, he was driven and pushed by evil to take out the mask to trade. From what he had seen, the master’s item was of course extremely precious. To exchange it with Saleen’s high level magic beast bones, was definitely not deceiving Saleen.
“Do you know that the mask nearly killed me?” Saleen said, but he did not take out the mask from his demonic ring.
“How is it possible?” Banchajanna replied with grievance, “That item, I wasn’t willing to show it the other two bastards. Mister Saleen, you are controlling my freedom. Although I am angry, I am not stupid. If I were to kill you, there would not be a good ending for me.”
Banchajanna looked like a normal spirit of the dead then. He analyzed clearly and logically.
“How would I know if you intend to harm me? I think, it would be safer if I turned you into a puppet completely.” Saleen did not act enraged, but Banchajanna knew that when a mage was angry, it was not necessary for them to show it. In actual fact, when a mage was getting ready to strike, he was at the calmest state. Only at that state, the magic would be able to organized accurately and bring about the biggest damage.
Banchajanna knew that Saleen might take action then. He changed the way he addressed Saleen. He used to call him ‘Mage Saleen’ and then he called him ‘Mister Saleen’.
“Master, the mask belonged to my previous owner.” Banchajanna accidentally exposed the secret so he continued the story. “I forgot that the difference between you and my master is vast. I wore the mask before, but there was no effect and I didn’t know what effect it held against humans. I just thought my master’s item must be very precious.”
“Master?” Saleen looked calm but his heart was stirred up with emotion. “The three bastards had a master?”
Although the lives of the three Kings were controlled by Aini and himself, the three bastards were not willing to call them master. Even when Aini and himself showed them their intention to have the three of them refer to them as master, the three Kings insisted to maintain their dignity. Looking at Banchajanna talking about his master, he looked as though he worshiped his master.
Saleen knew how to read the facial expressions of the spirits of the dead then, including the frequency of the soul flame when they were talking. “Banchajanna was not faking it, where does his master come from?”
“Bullshit, if you had master, why couldn’t I feel it when I signed a soul bond with you?” Saleen questioned him.
“Mister Saleen, my master was missing for almost ten thousand years. He might have died or became a god.”
“Became a god?”
“Of course, with master’s ability, it isn’t weird if he were to become a god.”
Saleen calculated quickly in his mind, his extremely strong calculation ability allowed him to find an inkling. He smiled coldly and said, “The three of you came to the Myers Mainland to look for clues about your master.”
Banchajanna was shocked. “How did Saleen guess it?”
“I don’t care what you plan to do, but what you did today nearly killed me. What do you think I should do?”
Banchajanna had not recovered from the shock, so he replied blindly, “You can do as you wish.”
“Okay, here’s eighteen pieces of dimension stones, fill them up.” Saleen then threw the dimension stones to Banchajanna, not giving him a chance to reject. Banchajanna accepted the dimension stones and wondered why was it such a light punishment.
“I want you to fill these dimension stones up in three days. I need to return home soon.”
Banchajanna nodded in agreement and walked towards the head of the ship. He did not realize that three days was really a rush. To fill up six dimension stones everyday was such a difficult task.
Saleen did not talk to Banchajanna then. He found out an important message from Banchajanna, which was that human could become a god. Although Banchajanna always turn everything topsy-turvy, he was quite knowledgeable and his master was a scary man. To be looked at highly by the Kings of the Dead signified the power of the person.
Especially when it was a spirit of the dead like Banchajanna. One would not be able to bring him under control without any special method.
No magic books talked about it before. Mages thought, a god was just another creature, a different kind from human. The birth of God was just like any other element spirit.
Banchajanna said that his master might have become a god and that shocked Saleen. According to the attributes on the mask, Banchajanna’s master was a mage too.
“When magic was practiced at its peak, one could turn into a god?”
There were countless strong humans on the Myers Mainland back then, did all the people become gods and leave? Was that why the power of the Myers Mainland declined quickly? According to the records of history, the humans on the Myers Mainland fought with gods, and to be able to fight against gods, their power should at least be on par with the gods.
Saleen did not exclude the idea because ever since he got the Ring of Gifts, he had successfully shown divinity and the divinity spell he used belonged to the Goddess of Myers.
The Goddess of Myers had passed and he did not profess a belief in the Goddess of Nature. According to the law of divinity, to release a divine spell, one must believe and receive favor of a god.
Although Saleen absorbed a leaf of the tree of life, he did not profess a belief. He did not feel weird at first as he thought it was a special ability that the Goddess left behind. He then thought maybe humankind could give birth to divinity themselves. He would not be able to release a strong divine spell with just one piece of leaf from the tree of life otherwise.
If the presumption spread, maybe the Holy See would not wait for a few years to build a warship and instead send everyone from the inquisition every way possible to completely exterminate such heresy.
Such presumption could not be considered as heresy. Heresy was mostly referring to believing in other gods, but the presumption completely wrote off the teachings of God.
If human could be gods, what was the meaning for existence of belief?
The scary part of the thought was, if everyone were to believe in it, there would not be fear towards a god. Just like the human kind in the Myers Mainland back then, they could fight against God directly. The confrontation was not from condemnation, it was from fear but those human back then saw themselves on the same level as God.
Even back then, the Goddess of Myers lived well in the current dimension. The only reason was because humankind were not against God and the teachings of the Goddess were likeable.
“I like you so you can live. Is it still the same God that humankind knows now?” It was a pity that he had only gotten some gemstones from the Goddess of Myers’s Temple, but no written record about the past. Saleen suddenly recalled that Lex said that, there were many ruins of the temple on the Myers Mainland.
From what Lex had gotten and what he had harvest, he could tell that every temple left different things behind. Maybe he could find more clues in other temples.
Although the problem was urgent enough, as a mage, Saleen could not resist such temptation. If what Banchajanna said was true, the practice of a mage would have a higher aim.
To become God, was such a great temptation that was hard to resist. Maybe the human back them did not care about it. They had long lives and strong power, but the humans now did not live any longer than a hundred years. If one did not practice hard, their power would be weaker than a magic beast.
It seemed to be time to return and get in touch with Lex to ask her about the location of the ruins of other temples.