Chapter 516 - Successful Evolution
In G.o.d’s Domain, aside from leveling up, it was extremely difficult for players to obtain permanent Attributes.
Losing 400 HP, or the equivalent of 20 Endurance points, would significantly weaken a player.
Even s.h.i.+ Feng would mourn the Attribute loss, let alone other players.
However, despite having seen the true side of the Power of Evolution, s.h.i.+ Feng still chose to sacrifice 400 HP, albeit begrudgingly.
Although 400 HP was precious, it could not beat being able to upgrade the Icarus’s Heart to Epic rank. Moreover, s.h.i.+ Feng knew of several methods to increase his Endurance permanently; he could easily make up for the loss he suffered now.
s.h.i.+ Feng then clicked “Agree,” and suddenly, the strength of the Holy Grail’s Divine Might soared.
In the next moment, strands of green light flowed from s.h.i.+ Feng’s body and into the Holy Grail. After the Holy Grail absorbed 400 HP from s.h.i.+ Feng, it fired a purple ray at the Icarus’s Heart.
Immediately, the Icarus’s Heart released a brilliant golden glow, forcing s.h.i.+ Feng to shut his eyes.
After the golden radiance faded, s.h.i.+ Feng opened his eyes and looked at the Icarus’s Heart, discovering that the necklace now emitted a faint purple glow.
“Was it a success?” s.h.i.+ Feng was somewhat nervous as he examined the necklace’s Attributes.
If it had failed, then he had permanently lost 400 HP for nothing. Moreover, he would also have to wait for ten days before the next sacrifice.
However, after investigating the Icarus’s Heart’s Attributes, s.h.i.+ Feng’s tightened fists relaxed as excitement quickly overtook him.
That’s right; it was a success!
[Icarus’s Heart] (Necklace, Mysterious-Iron Rank [Can be evolved])
Equipment Requirement: All Attributes 120
Level 20 - Level 80 (Currently Level 30)
All Attributes +18
Additional Skill -
Divine Providence: Temporarily increases player’s Luck by 25 points for 30 seconds.
Cooldown: 45 minutes
Evolution Condition: Absorb the Life Force of 300 players to evolve to Secret-Silver Rank. (0/300)
After evolving, Icarus’s Heart’s rank had upgraded from Bronze to Mysterious-Iron. The Luck it provided had increased from 5 points to 7 points. Aside from that, Divine Providence’s Cooldown had decreased from one hour to 45 minutes. This would save s.h.i.+ Feng a lot of time.
However, the best improvement by far was the change to the Evolution Conditions.
Originally, the Icarus’s Heart required s.h.i.+ Feng to kill Lord ranked monsters. Moreover, it required 100 kills. Lords were extremely rare, and s.h.i.+ Feng would have to waste a lot of time to kill 100. Now that the conditions had been adjusted, s.h.i.+ Feng only needed to kill 300 players and absorb their Life Force instead.
A Lord was very difficult to find, but players crowded the streets.
As long as s.h.i.+ Feng worked hard, he could upgrade Icarus’s Heart to Epic rank very quickly. At that time, he would gain ma.s.sive profits from opening the Twilight Treasure Chests.
At the thought, s.h.i.+ Feng could not help but grow restless.
If not for the ongoing war with Overwhelming Smile, he would have struggled to find opponents. Now, however, his target was clear. He would use Overwhelming Smile’s players as sacrifices for the Icarus’s Heart.
Now that Overwhelming Smile’s White River City branch has been defeated, it won’t be easy to find large groups of players. I might as well make a trip to Maple City and have a look at the situation there. After some consideration, s.h.i.+ Feng felt that Maple City was the best location to take action.
Overwhelming Smile had already become Maple City’s overlord. The Overwhelming Smile members there had nothing to fear within the region of Maple City. It would be far easier for s.h.i.+ Feng to find targets there than in White River City.
s.h.i.+ Feng then slipped the Icarus’s Heart over his head and headed for White River City’s Teleportation Hall.
s.h.i.+ Feng very much looked forward to upgrading the Icarus’s Heart to Epic rank. Not even the night in G.o.d’s Domain could hinder s.h.i.+ Feng’s yearning.
The sooner he upgraded the necklace to Epic rank, the sooner he could obtain better items from the Twilight Treasure Chests. One could obtain even Epic items from the Twilight Treasure Chests. If he could get his hands on several Epic items, he could help the guild tremendously. Naturally, he would upgrade it sooner rather than later.
As for the matter regarding the Light Stones, he fully trusted Melancholic Smile’s capabilities. s.h.i.+ Feng believed that it wouldn’t be long before the Light Stones raked in a ma.s.sive income.
Just as s.h.i.+ Feng arrived before the Teleportation Hall, the sound of his communicator rang near his ears. The caller this time was none other than Gentle Snow, who had been busy consolidating her power as the new Guild Leader of Ouroboros.
Although Gentle Snow had chased away her biggest compet.i.tor, Cao Chenghua, the resulting internal struggles within Ouroboros had resulted in the first-rate Guild falling apart. If Gentle Snow wished to consolidate her power, she would need to spend a lot of time and effort to do so. In addition, a more powerful opponent, the first-rate Guild Star Alliance, lurked, waiting to strike.
s.h.i.+ Feng had never thought that Gentle Snow would have the spare time to contact him with the burdens she currently shouldered.
“Guild Leader Black Flame, may I ask if you have the time to speak right now?”
In the video call, Gentle Snow still wore the calm and elegant smile she usually displayed. She looked like a G.o.ddess that was high above mortals. It felt as if she were in control of everything. However, though she appeared completely fine on the surface, her act did not deceive s.h.i.+ Feng.
He could feel that Gentle Snow had grown frailer than before. Seeing a superwoman like Gentle Snow so exhausted, one could just imagine how terrible Ouroboros’s current situation was.
However, giving the situation some thought, s.h.i.+ Feng felt that such an outcome was expected. Gentle Snow had just taken control of Ouroboros. The number of people she could trust was limited. Meanwhile, after ruling Ouroboros for so many years, Cao Chenghua would not give up so easily after being kicked out of his position. In addition to a great enemy like the Star Alliance threatening the Guild, it would be very difficult for Gentle Snow to cope.
“Miss Snow, there is no need to mince words. Our Guilds are allies, so feel free to speak your mind,” s.h.i.+ Feng spoke candidly.
Gentle Snow revealed a bitter smile on her pure and delicate face upon hearing s.h.i.+ Feng’s words. “Guild Leader Black Flame’s senses are as sharp as always. I’ll speak openly, then. I’m calling about the Candlelight Trading Firm that suddenly appeared on one of Star-Moon City’s golden Lands and the Candlelight Trading Firms in White River City. I can’t think of anyone in the entire Star-Moon Kingdom other than you who is capable of launching such firms.”
“That’s right; I am indeed the founder.” s.h.i.+ Feng did not try to hide it. To begin with, he had no need to do so.
He had spoken with Gentle Snow about his plans to establish a Lifestyle Guild long ago. Back then, he had hoped to utilize Ouroboros’s fame to promote his Trading Firm. Even without Gentle Snow’s call today, he had prepared to seek her help to promote the Candlelight Trading Firm at an appropriate time.
As a first-rate Guild, Ouroboros had a large number of members scattered across Star-Moon Kingdom. Practically every major city in Star-Moon Kingdom housed the Guild’s members. There were even branches in other kingdoms. If the Guild helped with promotion, the Candlelight Trading Firm’s business would flourish.
However, the supply of Basic Strengthened Armor Kits simply could not meet the demand. Even if Ouroboros promoted the Firm right now, it would not significantly increase the Firm’s income; hence s.h.i.+ Feng had decided to hold off on seeking Gentle Snow’s help for the moment.
“Excellent; this will make things easy. I want to invest into the Candlelight Trading Firm. I don’t want a lot of shares; 20% will do. Naturally, I will compensate you appropriately. The compensation will include 30% of Ouroboros’s shares, as well as funds, channels, and materials, which will allow the Trading Firm to develop quickly.
“What do you think of my offer?”