LORD SHADOW CHAPTER 173: ONE FINGER OPENING THE SEA AND COMMANDS THE HEAVENS

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The gong has been strike and the curtain has been raised. Anticipation is building up all over the world for the clash between the Death Monarch and the World Government

That was some of the headlines of conversations that was spread among the underworld

The world was in chaos and is preparing for the battle of the era. The Death Monarch and the World Government.

The whole world had gotten the news. All four corners of the world had heard about the impeding battle.

Many mercenaries, hunters, warriors and levers who is weak and fears death did as best as they can to not be near the site of battle and some kingdoms were hoping that the Island of Peace is not hiding in their sea area.

The battle would surely shakes the world and brought on calamity and disasters.

By now, people of the world could quantified the amount of damage a certain expert could do.

For Seed Forming they could slice mountains and bring great damage and could take on ten thousands of Orb Condensing soldiers alone.

But if they were to fight Energy Disperse Stage high realm then at least they could fight ten and escape.

But if they were surrounded by an entire corps made of Energy Disperse Stage levelers regardless of whether that Energy Disperse Stage levelers is the low, or high realm, then they would not be able to get out without suffering some form of heavy injuries.

On some cases they might loses their life.

But Disk Forming?

Now…..that is a different case altogether.

Probably there was only one person that could fight beyond levels that the whole world knows and that is the Death Monarch.

He fought an Eight Horn Weronian when he was just a Seed Forming High Realm expert.

On the other side of the world, a black blur that produces sonic waves every time it sails through the clouds is flying with supersonic speed

Now that the news a black blur seems to be heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and Seven Battlestar that appeared almost immediately behind that black blur, everyone knows that the Death Monarch has started to move.

There is only one builder that have Battlestar Design that is not from either World Government, League of Freedom or the Republic and that is Budiman.

There is also the White Tiger Army, Myrmidon army and the Valkyries consisting of woman berserkers and tough warriors that Freya recruited.

There is not to mention the genius Alchemist Sina that boast ultimate supporting power in terms of her pills effectiveness.

This lineup would terrify any factions in the world. Imagine the alarm going on in the Island of Peace right now.

The White Owl, that information gathering group suddenly release a news that fuels the common people excitement even more.

The World Government is on full alert, activating all their formations, from magical formation, to arrays and magical cannons were all also given permission to be deployed onto the rampart.

The order was to shoot anything that draws near the barrier. It raises up the excitement but also make people amazed by the White Owl faction

How could they reported and get news from inside the World government?

This feat was incredible considering the surveillance of the Island against intruders

The White Owl seems to be able to see everything in the world and all information is at their fingertips.

If not for people don’t know who is the member of this White Owl factions, the Death Monarch would surely seek the members of the White Owl and forces them to divulge the location of the World Government,

Even the high echelon of the World Government was shocked when they read the news and wanted to investigate their aids.

But with the Death Monarch fast approaching they could only delay that matter and keep preparing.

Weapons lined up the four corners of the Island.

This time the World Government intends to resist.

Admiral Pandikar during the absence of the Death Monarch about five days ago seek the Illusion Archmaster Hikigaya on a secret trip to Japan asking him for his help and offer him many artifacts and treasures.

Oreki who was on the island on the other hand seems quiet and never express any stance.

Unlike any other people on the Island people like Hikigaya and Oreki possess a certain freedom in terms of their participation in any conflicts of the World Government.

With their position and power it would be no problem for them to secede from the World Government.

If not for the grudge that Jean has against Oreki and Hikigaya that actively obstruct his ambition to conquer Europe when Jean was in the World Government, Oreki and Hikigaya would have no reservation to secede.

But Jean is the Chancellor of the Republic and wield enormous power and influence.

If Hikigaya and Oreki secede and lose their power in the World Government not only would they make enemies with the World Government, the Republic will also not let them go.

They are not like Azief who could abandon all caution to the wind.

Oreki and Hikigaya still has family living in the world, and even though they both power leveling their family that would only work until Energy Disperse Stage.

Seed Forming and Disk Forming is the true mark of an expert nowadays.

Not to mention in Disk Forming, no disk is quite the same. They also have many friend that people could target.

Their situation and circumstances did not allow them to act like Azief that could act wantonly and recklessly.

Does this means Azief have no friend that could be threatened?

No

The Death Monarch has few friend but each of his friend were all great characters in the world, heroes and heroines in their own right, formidable and awe inspiring.

Even Wang Jian who was Azief most loyal subordinate is a great character and if not for his anger and his rashness in attacking the World Government, how could the World Government easily captured him?

On the other hand, of all the news that the White Owl reported, one news that was not reported that gains people curiosity.

The White Owl not once reported the return of the Earthshaker Raymond. This makes people felt something is wrong.

As one of the major expert of the World Government, he is nowhere to be seen.

Even when Poland was subjugated by the Death Monarch, the World Government stand still and the Earthshaker, one of the pillars of the World Government is nowhere to be seen.

For the Republic to stand still is reasonable.

After all they have somewhat a relationship with the Death Monarch considering that Katarina seems to be close to the Death Monarch.

Not to mention the Death Monarch ridding of World Government influence in Poland is a good thing for them.

Why would they move?

But the World Government silence is strange.

Before, the World Government once said that their Grand Commander was in training in a secret place.

But now the stake is totally different. This is no longer the matter of territory possession. The Death Monarch is directly wanting to assault the headquarters of the World Government.

This is a blatant provocation, and declaring of war

True, the World Government possesses millions of soldiers but people still felt this could only drive away the Death Monarch.

And to do this the World Government would have to pay a heavy price. It is better to let expert fight experts instead of throwing countless of lives towards the Death Monarch

This is a battle that would involve the entire World Government and probably affected the world in days to come.

How could the vanguard of the World Government be absent?

President Hirate in the absence of the Earthshaker, rarely shows his face anymore. Now, that the entire Island is preparing for war, how could the President of the World Government not show his face and talk to his people?

This perplexes many people.

On the Island however, a holographic projection of President Hirate appears on the Balcony of the Purple Palace addressing the soldiers and giving a speech that they would not be intimidated by a single man.

Pandikar was the loudest person acclaiming the President word with twelve people applauding the President speeches.

Everything seems to be ready for things to come to a head

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MEANWHILE

SOMEWHERE IN THE IONIAN SEA.

The waves of the ocean was rippling and then as a gigantic sea creatures swims forward, the ripples intensifies and waves rises up and down crashing towards the sea water.

Like an explosion, the seabed below trembles, scaring the sea monster below.

What gigantic creatures could create such force? For anyone who sees it they would truly be shocked.

There is four metal gigantic tortoise dragging an island completely covered in a purplish red dome and runic marking was present in four corners of the dome protection barrier.

This Island usually stays around the Ionian Sea and rarely they move since their Island is monitored by many factions.

But today that Island move. Not even the White Owl notice the movement of this Island.

Occupied with more explosive news, the White Owl forgot that faction on the Mediterranean Sea

And as the whole world focuses on the eventual clash of the Death Monarch and the World Government, that Island made their move.

Storm Tide, the headquarters of League of Freedom is moving.

And as it moves misty white fog moves along with it, shrouding the entire area around the radius of 200 kilometers around the island path to be shrouded by the same misty white fog

Standing on top of North Tortoise head, is a man wearing purple red mask in the shape of an angered Demon, his robe flapping after the sea wind blows over him.

He wears red robe lined with black, his eyes shows excitement and a hint of madness glints inside his sharp glare.

His scars that lined all over his skin made him unable to forget. He has bathed in the darkness for so long…that it is now too late for him to go to the light.

Since that is the case, he would continue be in the darkness…and use it to snuff out the light.

This man is Narleod the mysterious leader of the League of Freedom.

Beside him standing guard, looking at the same direction as Narleod is the famous teleporter Warp.

Beneath his feet is three Disk with silver color.

The Disk of Teleportation.

Each one of the Disk if activated enables him to transport more and large things with him. But he still did not reach the power to teleport the entire Island with him.

If not this would be easy task for the League of Freedom to ambush anyone they wanted in the world other than people who could seal space like the Death Monarch

Their island is full of magical weapons.

After all the League of Freedom is also a merchant of death, they sell weapons to the enemies of the World Government and anyone that could pay the price.

Narleod financed many secret wars against the World Government all in the name of freedom.

Truth was, Narleod has always wanted to avenge his defeat and his betrayal in the hands of the World Government

Looking at the vast sea in front of him and the dark clouds on the skies, the four tortoise keep swimming to the Atlantic Ocean passing three islands of different colors

Narleod only smiles, his smile laden with meaning and there is some sort of satisfaction welling up in his heart

Behind the four large tortoise, there is a man following the path of the tortoise discreetly.

The man is commandeering a large dolphin-like animal with sharp fanged teeth with a silver rope that glows white in color.

The rope is tightly tightened on the large dolphin fin.

The man is wearing patched clothes and on his head is a gem studded golden crown that fit his forehead.

On the back of the dolphin, there is a woman and a man, sitting on a boat-like structure that was also dragged by the creature

The one in the carriage is the Oracle and her protector.

The Oracle has been closing her eyes since she first enters the boat like structure. Like she prophesy, the man with the shabby clothes will bring her to the Island of Peace.

‘Will….the future I saw changed again?’ She asked herself in her contemplation as the waves keep pushing the boat.

They moved forward…to the World Government as the white mist leads the way

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That figure in the air strikes fear and awe. This is the figure of a legend. And that figure is staring at an empty air.

But it was not laughable. Instead a solemn and heavy pressure emanated from this seemingly comedic action.

Azief stand on the air looking down at an empty air, the Battlestar behind him that was hundred times larger than him waited anxiously, not one of them dare question him.

Since he stopped, they stopped. A few birds flew below him passing that empty air freely and Azief smirks a bit.

Phasing formation, invisibility formation, anti-detection spell and floating arrays and god knows how many more defensive measures was employed.

‘HAHAHA! They sure prepare a lot’ Azief laughed, his laugh reverberated as the space all around him ripples.

His laugh does not mean he find the situation comedic, instead it was a laugh with a trace of anger and disdain

He did not say anything only looking down at the empty space. Seven Battlestar is behind him creating a great sight.

The many eyes that was watching this all are waiting, anything, to happen. They all take a deep breath.

Somewhere in the Senate of the Republic, sitting in the Senate Hall is Boris, Jean and….Katarina. She look at the large screen on the Senate Hall, looking at the Death Monarch.

Boris was on her left, Jean on his right with his lover, Paulette. Looking at the figure of Azief with his army, she smiles a bit.

‘If I did not know him, I might think he likes grandiose entrance’ Boris frowned hearing his sister said that.

‘The World Government would be prepared.’

So?’ Katarina said confidently. She is the only one in the world right now, that knows Azief true power.

So what if the World government is prepared. People that could defeat Azief in this world, Katarina dare say, there is no one

‘Poland is undefended’ Jean said casually and Katarina glare at him. Jean smiles his diplomatical smile and Katarina said sternly

‘I and the Death Monarch promises Frederick that Poland is free and independent and both the World Government and the Republic would not lay claim on nit. Let the people there live their lives in peace.’

‘But, sis-‘

‘Frederick protected me and sheltered me in my weakest moment. I know to reward kind deed.’

Jean just nodded and Boris sighed. At least she did not once again runaway and meddle in the clash between the Death Monarch and the World Government.

But what he didn’t know there is a reason why Katarina is not there beside Azief.

She did not offer to help and Azief did not request it of her. In a way, she understand Azief thinking.

The reason she did not offer her help was because she knew at the moment she would be too weak and instead would be a liability and might even become his weakness in the crucial moment.

But not being there with him, it does not fill her heart with any heavy feeling. Why? Because she knew Azief would be fine.

And if somehow Azief is once again in the verge of death, like that day, she would not hesitate to fly towards him in a heartbeat

The same for him.

He would not ask her, and would never shamelessly ask her, to risk her life to safe someone he still loves and trample on Katarina feeling.

Strong as she is, Azief recognizes she is still a woman…and a fragile woman at that. Not in the fact that she was weak in her prowess, it is her heart.

Even Azief heart would ache if Katarina were to ask him to save her lover. How could he inflict that pain on her?

So, she did not ask, and he did not bother.

They both think, that they have known all there was to each other. They clique. Easily and almost flawlessly

Yet, every time Azief saw her frown, he could not help but ask himself why does she frown and how to make her smile

He wanted to find the answer.

And every time Azief smile, she wanted to know why he smiles and she too wanted to find the answer

They both wanted to spend their whole life answering these simple question.

She sighed as she closes her eyes.

Meanwhile on the island, the Death Monarch suddenly make a move. His voice reverberated across the ocean, creating rippling shock waves.

‘Surround this area!’ The Seven Battlestar quickly surround the empty space though they could not see what Azief is seeing

Starship was deployed as hundreds of Starship come out from the deck of the Battlestar.

‘Come out now. Open the formation!’ Azief shouted, his shout separated the winds and causes the seas to create large waves that was as furious as him.

‘COME OUT!!’ His word repeated through the sky like an echoes in a large deep cave.

Then suddenly the sound of cracking could be heard as the Island revealed itself. The Island of Peace has disabled their invisibility and phasing array and the Island revealed itself.

The Island was large and was divided to four regions.

It was as large as a country and there was a waterfall that flows down from its floating peak to the sea below when the invisibility array was disabled.

Countless of beautiful birds and beast roamed freely in some regions of the Island.

The clouds of the island was man-made and its weather was regulated. Green grass, fresh air, the Island was like Heaven on earth

A man appeared riding a solid clouds as he ascended from the Entrance Gate of the Island to reach a few inches from the barrier separating Azief and that man.

That man is Hikigaya, the reputedly Disk Formation levelers that possess three disk.

The man look towards Azief and Azief could saw not three but four disk that seems to be rotating inside the man pupil.

Azief met this person once in his first attack on the Island when they detain Will. This is the second time they meet.

People might think Azief would immediately fought this person but Azief respected this person and even felt some fondness for him.

While this is the second time they meet face to face, Azief once saw him, technically, or to be more accurate, he heard him at one other place.

When he was sealed inside the Ice Mountain, Hikigaya was one of the few heroes that come to visit him and what he said in front of the mountain earn him some goodwill from Azief

Hikigaya left a flower on the bottom of the mountain, lamenting the fact that the world will be chaotic with Azief passing and also grieved the fact that he could not compete with him

After all, in Hikigaya mind at the time, even though Azief did not die, at that time Hikigaya did not know how long Azief and Katarina would be in the Ice Mountain.

Maybe when they got out they would find themselves to be too weak to fight against the people they once disdain.

Thinking of this fact Hikigaya lament this fact before going away.

Not knowing Azief heard it all.

When Azief broke out from the Ice Mountain Hikigaya was the first one that arrived and feeling the pulsing of the energy at the time, Hikigaya knew, he could finally truly compete with the Death Monarch and probably gain enlightenment.

Azief then knew what type of person this Hikigaya really is. He wanted to know his limits. A person that strives the same path he is.

Someone who pursued strength for the sake of something. A man with a purpose and someone worth respecting.

That eye was still looking at Azief as he smiles and he said

‘I am known as the Archmaster Illusionist Hikigaya. I wonder what brings the honorable Death Monarch and all of your people here to Island of Peace?’

Azief respected Hikigaya but that does not mean his stance will suddenly would be weakened

Azief sneered, his face shows his disdain at the soldiers stationed on all four corners of the Island.

The Starship and the Battlestar that positioned themselves in the empty space before was pushed back when the Island materialized and deactivated their phasing abilities.

Isn’t it safer for them to maintain their phasing abilities one might ask?

That is only true if the person they are facing is not the Death Monarch.

The Death Monarch could seal space and he could break formation. These phasing abilities is powerful but it also depends on who they used it on.

‘You dare ask why? Return me Sofia and Wang Jian. I demand an explanation and reparation!’ Azief dispense with all courtesies. From his word he was like a bandit.

Hikigaya heard that Hirate ordered the capture of Sofia and when Wang Jian came to save her, Oreki apprehend him.

But from what he was made to known, Hirate only wanted to detain Sofia and convince her that they were not the one that ordered the hit on the Death Monarch

But these few days even when the whole world knows that the Death Monarch is coming Hirate maintains his silence.

This made Hikigaya puzzled about the true intention of Hirate. Hirate must have known there is nothing good by provoking this calamity

This makes it hard for Hikigaya to answer Azief question. He hesitated to say before he said

‘I do not know what you mean’ The only thing Hikigaya can do for now is feign ignorance as he waits for the Quorum to make a decision.

Even as they talked, the Battlestar before has appeared once again and even before Azief orders any of them, they descended on the four corners of the Island, crashing on the formation and barriers on the four corners, as the Battlestar ionic shield activated and destroy the formation.

Sound of energy cannon sounded from all four corners of the island as Azief companion started attacking first.

Hikigaya face frown but he could not go and save them since he had to worry about this calamity in front of him.

Only the barrier around the entrance gate skyscape is not yet broken.

This island was as large as a country, so the size was large. Hikigaya job is to hold off Azief. The other might be powerful, but the soldiers could restrain them.

Azief on the other hand was angry. How could they do not know? This is clearly Hikigaya feigning ignorance, otherwise they would not prepare so much.

If they were not the one, why bother preparing so much defensive measures all over the island?

‘YOU DARE LIE TO ME!’

His roar sent turbulence to the already furious waves with tens of thousands large walls of water emerging from the oceans and the skies darkened black red.

Hikigaya knows there is no other way out of this matter then for him to fight and held Azief off.

He pointed his finger at Azief and said

‘I have always respected you Death Monarch as heroes among heroes. You are the tall wall and I am determined to break that wall. Accept my challenge!’ He shouted before he fly forward, as fast as light, as sea monsters emerges from the oceans following Hikigaya.

Then sea dragons and sea worms three times the size of sperm whale also emerges from the oceans following Hikigaya declaration.

The sky opens and Demons with horns and dark skeletal wings emerges from a red hellish portal.

His fingers opens the sea and commanded the sky!

Azief felt something was wrong with this almost heaven defying power that Hikigaya possess as he sneered.

Azief powerful body vital force exploded, turning the Heaven and Earth dark red and violent and causing all nearby monsters to explodes into red mist bearing the pressure.

The winds and clouds drastically changed their colors in Heaven and Earth with many dark clouds coagulated together as lightning and thunder create an orchestra of wrath in the sky above.

All the people in the four corners of the Island even as they were fighting sometimes look up at the sky and when they see the phenomena they were startled and shocked.

Thunder tribulation pierce through the cloudy and violent skies, breaking the peace and quiet of the world.

Winds and clouds were summoned in a flash, the small island nearby were reduced to rubble, Demons and Devils from all direction were strikes down by the Tribulation Lightning and fire that was created from the wind devours their body whole, leaving only dust.

Hikigaya eyes shows great trepidation but he did not stop his attack.

As the battle begins, somewhere in the deep underground recesses of the tunnels of the Island of Peace, a person is walking calmly and silently inside a maze.

This person possesses the Lantern of Direction showing him where he need to go even though he is inside the most secretive place in the World Government.

This person eyes has streak of lightning. This is none other than Oreki that no one has seen since seven days ago

‘If Loki is right…then the only one that could explain these matters is the one that started it.’ And he smirk as he follows the light of the Lantern

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Here is the chapter for this week. Thank you for the support and the battle has officially begins. I think everyone can guess who the one in the maze was. Think of that maze as the maze in Ariadne tale.

And Hikigaya…hmm…I will not give spoilers. Hope you like it and keep supporting my work. And you all know I also updates many other stories than these one right?

It serves as an excuse but if you saw the chapters I have to churn out without any PR for most of the story you could see why sometimes I am late in posting the chapter.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the story. And I will be in other states because of a new job. So, until I buy a new laptop I will not be posting anything unless I could bring my desktop to KL

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