“What do we do now?” A member called out, followed by more and more of them. They had never imagined that they would be so lost one day, requiring the guidance of the supremes.
The Demon King retracted the projection, but the new sun remained burning in the air. Although it was just an illusory image, all the council members could feel the constant surge of heat coming from it. Most importantly, it was emitting daybreak origin power.
“I’m sure you’ve all sensed it. This sun is constantly producing daybreak origin power, much more so than the original sun of our world. This isn’t my doing but a mere reflection of the truth.” The Demon King’s voice filled everyone with a chill.
“What will happen if it comes to our world?”
The Demon King waved his hand and a young demonkin appeared beside his throne on the Sacred Mountain. It was Anwen.
A wave of commotion appeared among the council members. For thousands of years, no one apart from the supremes had set foot on the Sacred Mountain. Anwen’s appearance there spoke volumes of the Demon King’s stance.
Anwen raised both his hands, revealing a model of the Evernight World’s twenty-seven continents, its stars, and the sun. Following his movements, the same image was projected in the entire hall. A new sun appeared in the void outside and crashed straight into the Evernight World. One continent after another began to burn until only the lowest Evernight Continent was safe from the raging inferno.
Anwen raised his voice. “In the worst-case scenario, the new sun will shoot through the center of the Evernight World, stop as it is just about to leave the other side, and return to the center. In that case, the world will be as you all have seen just now. All continents except Evernight will cease to exist. Ninety-nine percent of all life will be extinguished, including the humans themselves.”
A hubbub ensued until Anwen gestured for them to quiet down. He then adjusted the projection, making it so that the sun does not enter the world but revolves around it in an arc.
“Since the humans can draw a new sun over, they might have ways to control it as well. Mutual destruction can’t be their objective. That means they will want to draw the sun into a stable orbit around the Evernight World. The new sun would have to be much farther away than the original sun to roast all the sacred races alive. Under such circ.u.mstances, the sun will unleash a steady stream of daybreak origin power and gradually transform this world into the daybreak attribute. All beings that live on darkness origin power will peris.h.!.+”
Anwen’s voice wasn’t all that resounding, but it rang like thunder in everyone’s ears.
Anwen bowed and took a few steps back until he vanished.
The council members were at a loss what to do. Some engaged in deep discussion, some prayed, while others were in tears. Who would’ve thought the end would come so suddenly?
The Demon King’s voice echoed at this point. “At this moment, we require all the sacred races’ strength, including the werewolves.”
The Wolf Sovereign stood up to express his agreement.
“Including the vampires.”
Lilith’s figure flickered into sight for a moment. A commotion broke out in the hall; no one had imagined that Lilith was awake and back on the Sacred Mountain.
“And the arachne.”
The Spider Queen Rosnia appeared on the Sacred Mountain, accompanied by a tiny figure.
The Demon King said in a resounding voice, “You have all heard the story. The humans are bringing this sun into our world. Whatever their plan is, our sacred races will be destroyed in the end. That’s why we must stop it at all costs, regardless of the price! We must find how the humans are controlling this new sun and destroy it. From now on, I hope everyone will let go of past grievances and attack the human race with all their might!”
“Kill all humans!” a demonkin duke roared.
“Kill all the humans!” Countless experts cried out as they left the council hall and spread out in all directions.
In the blink of an eye, the council was entirely empty except for those on the Sacred Mountain.
“Have you still not convinced her?” the Demon King asked.
“That’s my business.” Lilith’s reply was cold.
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The Demon King replied calmly, “Unraveling the secrets of the Lost Season is one of the keys to winning this fight. Of course, we’ll find out eventually even if she doesn’t speak. It’s just that we won’t be able to do anything at that point.”
Lilith said, “I don’t need you to remind me.”
“Even if you hide in the depths of the void, you will not be able to escape the wave of daybreak origin power. When the time comes, you will be scorched day and night as though you are living in a furnace!” The Demon King’s voice became harsher by the minute.
Lilith replied gently, “Kane, don’t think I don’t dare kill you. The price for offending me has always been destruction, especially since you’ve lost most of your fighting powers. All I need to do is kill you and finish off all the great dark monarchs under your command. The demonkin race will then cease to be one of the four sacred races.”
The Demon King was stunned before breaking out into a rueful smile. “I really don’t understand why you’d protect her at the risk of civil conflict.”
“I’m not protecting her, but I know her character well. She will not utter a single word no matter how we torment her. All she’ll do is watch quietly as we are destroyed.”
“But we have no more time.”
Lilith said while playing with the ring on her finger, “There’s something I’m curious about. The humans borrowed the power of the River of Blood to move the new sun. How did they know so much about the river, though? The only other race who understands the River of Blood is the demonkin.”
The Demon King sighed. “There’s no longer a need for me to hide since you already know. Yes, our race worked with the humans a thousand years ago to taint the River of Blood and attempt to destroy the vampire race from the source. We were the ones who pa.s.sed them our knowledge of the river. It seems we were deceived from the very beginning.”
Lilith wasn’t all that surprised. “Kane, you disappoint me.”
“The cooperation began during the Lost Season. Only the previous Demon King knows how this cooperation came to be and its details. I’ve even forgotten most of its contents after the Lost Season. This project went on for hundreds of years, successfully pus.h.i.+ng the River of Blood away from Evernight and almost making it disappear. Later on, intuition told me that this wasn’t right, so I terminated the cooperation. I thought things would end perfectly at that point, but apparently, that was not the case.”
Lilith sneered, “No wonder the vampires were weakened, and even I had to increase my hibernation times. You demonkin sure look far.”
The Demon King laughed wryly. “Now is not the time to be quarreling. Our race has wronged you, but we also paid the price during this expedition.”
“None of your great dark monarchs died, only the vampires and werewolves suffered casualties.”
“The greatest price is my injury.” The Demon King seemed helpless.
“That is true.”
“Perhaps we can seek a new ally.” The Spider Queen, who had been silent all this while, spoke up.