The Eye of Fate

02. Sharpening Knives

The High plane of the Immortal realm was divided into nine governing areas. Each of these areas was controlled by one of the nine exceptional individuals who were known as the Sacred Nine. They were hailed exceptional because no one within the three realms could challenge their authority. Every one of them started from the bottom of the power ladder and worked their way up.

Their so-called legends were so glorified to the limit, that anyone who heard their stories become instant admirers of them. As living legends, it was really hard to see even one of them let alone a few of them together. But if someone wandered into the ancient relic ground at the edge of the High plane, will be amazed because seven of these individuals were having a discussion in the old throne room. But then again if someone was lucky enough to witness this they won be lucky enough to live to tell the tale.

In the throne room, seven thrones were erected in a circle, each was distinctive from the other by the glowing symbols on top of their backrests. There were seven beings occupying each throne.

”Are you certain the old bastard won be suspicious? ” Monarch of the Golden Castle said nervously.

”Al-Ruk, don worry we took every precaution. We planned two decades for this very moment. Don show your cowardly side now ” Hissed a figure clad in black armor surrounded by a beastly aura. On top of his throne, a dark purple symbol of a roaring dragon could be seen.

”No matter what you say, Im always afraid when it comes to him… And don try to hide it, you, reptile. I can sense the tension in your bones under your ugly skin. ” Al-Ruk the Monarch of the Golden Castle spat back. Only a member of the sacred nine could talk to Dragon Monarch in such a way and get away with it.

”Ill show you whose skin is ugly! ” Dragon Monarch stood up abruptly.

”Thats enough you two. ” The dignified figure who took the leading throne of the discussion silenced the two, quarreling. There was a blue coloured glowing sword symbol was engraved on the dignified figures throne. Al-Ruk and Arogath harrumphed and quieten down. As the second most powerful individual of the Sacred Nine, Sword Sovereign holds such weight in his words.

”Everything is going according to the plan. Remember it was him who asked for our help, not the other way around. He indeed invited only three of us but, it shows he trusts us, or hes confident in himself enough that if something went wrong hell be able to overcome it. Heh… the only problem is we will be well prepared than he anticipated. ” Said the sword sovereign.

”You sound so sure my dear! ” A melodious voice came and a black-robed woman appeared near him. The seven thrones slowly expanded and an eighth throne materialized. The newcomer added a seductive charm to the old throne room and oozed sex appeal.

”Its because Im assured since you
e standing by our side. ” Sword Sovereign took the newcomers hand and placed a kiss while she occupied the empty throne. Its blank backrest now showed a pink butterfly engraving.

”You… you two together?? ” Arogath stuttered in utter disbelief.

”Of course. If shes not with us how else, I have enough intelligence to attack the old bastard. ” said the Sword Sovereign with a self-assuring smile.

”Thats not what I meant! ” Arogath frowned.

Most of the others looked disturbed. Especially the Royal Elf renewed as the Natures Spirit and The Monk also known as the Yellow-Robe, who dislike the black-robed woman. Only Golden Monarch and Count Grey the Undead seemed not much disturbed. Golden Monarch had a complicated look while Count Grey remained unaffected.

”Humph… a bitch is a bitch wherever she goes. ” Harrumphed the red feather-robed figure seated right beside Dragon Monarch. This was none other than the renowned Scarlet Feather MiiShaa, the fourth ranker of the Sacred Nine. As her being the only female in mid ranks of the Sacred Nine, she had a massive ego. Which was the main reason that she cannot find a mate.

”Oh… Why? Are you jealous, because I found myself a better companion while you still bedding your own gender? ” The black-robed woman questioned, giggling. It was bizarre her voice sounded pure innocent and seductive at the same time.

”Its not your concern with whom I share a bed, you whore! Your way of constantly swapping partners to gain power disgusts me. Its a disgrace to the whole female kind. Humph…! ” Scarlet Feathers words were a bit harsh.

No one said anything for a few moments. The black-robed woman hissed back.

”Huh… How come its a disgraced to female kind? Most women like to stay relaxed and leave the hard work for men. Now just because you gained bit of power doesn mean you can go against our nature. And if you so high and mighty, why don you challenge the top three? Oh… and also they are males, the kind you despise. ”

She continued. ”And don forget, you are only up there due to your bloodline. If not for that, forget that even being the fourth you won even be the last. So don try to judge my life! ”

She stared daggers at Scarlet Feather. Scarlet Feather seemed a bit taken back by the black-robed womans outburst. And then she looked at others.

”Don look at me like that! Why? Are you thinking that Im just a woman that old fellow sleeps with? Its all fair when it comes to power in this world. Since only Alfred is willing to help me to achieve my goal naturally, Im aligned with him. Sharing a bed is just extra. Also, it feels really good to cheat on that old fellow. ”

She said calmly. The charm of her voice didn even fluctuate for a second. That was to be expected from the Black-Hooded Lady of the Sacred Nine. A master of seduction arts. The number of men and women she seduced on her way to power was countless.

But that was not the most famous reason for her fame. It was the fact that she was said to be the lover of the most powerful individual of the three realms, Third Eye the Sorcerer. So it was a surprise for most of them that the lover of the very individual they were plotting against, sided with them. At least for some of them.

”You two do not seem surprised! ” Black-Hooded Lady asked giving odd look to Golden Monarch and Count Grey.

”I was only suspecting you being an informant, but I have to accept, its a bit surprising you
e with Alfred. ” Golden Monarch uttered.

Sword Sovereign gave him a look. Black-Hooded Lady nodded and focused her gaze on Count Grey who returned an intensifying gaze. None seemed to want to get between their staring contest. After a few awkward moments, Black-Hooded Lady broke the silence.

”So, are you going to explain? ”

”No. ” Count Grey said with a stoic face.

”Amitabha… Patron Grey we all know your cautious nature. But we all would be relieved to know how you knew about Patron Shin-Naas involvement. ” Yellow-Robe the Monk of Sun Temple spoke for everyone.

”You only want to know whether I betrayed all of you and teamed with the old guy. ” Count Grey said in his monotonous voice. ”I admit I have done so in the past. But it was only for my survival. But now its about all of our survival. If he broke through to the next level, we all might lose our influence. Its already this bad when everybody considers us as that old guys subordinates. So Im all in for a chance to send the old guy on his way. But I had to keep my eye on all you people. ”

He gave a gaze around the room. ”So I might have utilized one of my old relics even if I had to pay a price for it! ”

”Oh… Patron Grey used Evil Mirror. But I didn know it could be used without the blood of the targets that are being tracked? ” Yellow-Robe threw another question at him.

Even though Count Grey was annoyed at the interrogation, he knew without clearing all the doubts none of these old foxes will move an inch. So he gave up one of his tightly kept secrets.

”Of cause. But that doesn mean it cannot be used on your closest subordinates. Those weaklings didn even feel a thing when they lost blood. ”

”Oh, so thats how. Looks like I need to clean my castle of some bugs. ” Dragon Monarch Growled. Then he stared at Count Grey. ”Well talk after thiss over. ”

”Don overreact. All of us keep tabs on each other. Thats who we are. So don try to act innocent, its unbecoming of you. ” Said, Count Grey. Nobody rebutted him since everyone knew what he said was true.

”Alright, since that cleared out of the way. Lets get that old bastard! ” Black-Hooded Lady sounded a bit impatient.

”Heh… You probably know that even though we call him old, he looks more young and energetic than any of us right? Its surprising to hear it from you, Madam Black! ” Scarlet Feather gave her a provocative look. But Shin-Naa didn even look at her.

”Hump… looks meant nothing in the cultivation world. ” Ever the elegant Royal Elf gritted his teeth. Scarlet Feather had decent relationships with almost all the members of the Sacreds except for Black Hooded lady who she religiously disliked and the Royal Elf.

”Hehe… admit it, Master Royal, you
e just jealous of him for being more charming and elegant than you. Oww… poor elf. Hehe… ”

”Shut up Scarlet. Talking about being charming and elegant? We all know what you
e doing in your free time at that Scarlet Palace of yours. Disgusting! ” The Royal used his golden fan and half covered his face which is a disrespectful gesture according to Royal Elves customs.

”Hump… Why do you have a problem with that, are you still angry about your little cousin ending up being my bitch? ” Scarlet Feather asked innocently.

”I like to rip apart your filthy mouth! ” He uttered in a calm and soothing manner. Only a Royal Elf could deliver a threat so elegantly.

”Enough bickering. Its almost time. ” Sword Sovereign again had to break away, the two quarrelling members.

No matter how much bad blood between them, Sword Sovereign knew they will put that aside for the time being. So he did not take any quarrel seriously.

”As planned, except us three invited, others should use the talismans before entering the towers outer territory. That fellows soul sense is so scary that reaches the outer gates. Three of us won be meeting with any resistance since we have the invitation.

”While we were going in, others should enter and surround the tower then set up the formation as we discuss. With the combination of talismans and your powers, no soul will be aware of your intrusion. Hope everythings clear. Does anyone have anything to clarify? ” Then he gave a questioning gaze around the room for any disapproval.

”Arm… Are you sure about the effectiveness of these talismans? I mean we never tested them and we have to take your word for it? If its ineffective we are doomed. Hell sense us a mile away. ” Questioned Count Grey.

”Ever the cautious one, Grey. You don have to worry about the talismans. Me and Arogath tested two of them personally to confirm their effectiveness. The old fellow will not sense a thing. Remember the last time he was gravely injured? ”

He gave a few moments to sink his words in. ”That was me. He didn even see my attack coming let alone recognize me. I can swear on that. ” Assured Sword Sovereign.

Everyone seemed to be surprised and then lightened up due to Sword Sovereigns declaration. If there was anyone who was too concerned about their reputation that was the Sword Sovereign. When such a person swore on their name was a huge assurance and a morale boost for others.

”Since everything is in the clear now. Lets move forward with the plan. Hope everyone remembers their role. Take this seriously and Seed of the World Tree is ours. ”

Next moment they turned into energy beams and rushed towards the high tower of the Sorcerer, each one hoping for a clean victory and to be the best within the three realms. Just as they disappeared on the horizon all the erected thrones were disintegrated into nothingness and left no clue that suggested, anyone had been to that place in ages.

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