Paragon of Sin

Chapter 637 - 632: Courage To Be Of Use


Outside of the building, Ma Zheng, his old and wrinkled figure, was sitting comfortably on a bench. He stared absentmindedly at the sky of the Grand Horse Realm. His eyes revealed the vicissitudes of the ages and his thoughts were inscrutable to the common mortal.

A series of steps resounded, soft yet noticeable. A voice announced themselves, ”Patriarch Ma. ”

Ma Zheng didn ’t look away, merely exhaling out a little.

The one who spoke was a familiar woman that seemed to be in her early twenties, having a head full of healthy dark-grey hair, and dressed in light battle armor alongside a tight-fitting robe. It accentuated her figure. She was Ma Sujiang, the one recently demoted to becoming the Guardian of the Grand Horse Realm.

She was respectful as she bowed before Ma Zheng. As she was no longer the Assistant Manager of the Third Branch, she no longer wore her daoist robes. She stayed bowing for several minutes before Ma Zheng spoke, ”You have questions? Doubts? ”

Ma Sujiang nodded while bowing, ”I do. ” She didn ’t question why she was demoted. It was a matter that has already passed, and she learned her lesson regarding that. She acted on her greed, thinking selfishly, and almost ruined whatever Ma Zheng intended to do. She was lucky she wasn ’t executed on the spot. If it was anyone else, they might have done so for her insubordination, so she was incredibly fortunate that Ma Zheng, her own father, was passing down judgment.

Ma Zheng glanced slightly at this last child of his, a product of his impending crisis to feel young once again after his life was nearing its end, and no breakthrough was in sight. He had reached his limits, found a talented young wife, his last one, and she bore him a single child: Ma Sujiang.

He had raised her to inherit his skills in business, an adequate successor, or so he thought. He knew she had ambition, and that was okay when moderated, but to act in such a way disappointed him. Besides that moment, her actions were all above-board and her status was achieved without his intrusive help. He didn ’t want her to be his Assistant Manager, however, she refused to be placed in any other Branch.

He selfishly wanted the Ma Clan to keep control of the Third Branch. After all, they were already slowly losing influence and control of the Golden Life Pavilion, at this rate, they would lose their Managerial Status after his passing, so he consented.

There was a time when he was its leader.

A long, long time ago.

He calmly looked back to the sky, ”Ask. ”

Ma Sujiang looked at the aging father before her. With each passing day, the air of death increased around him. She calmed her thoughts. ”My doubts stem from this demonstration and auction. With that alchemical product monopolized, the Ma Clan ’s future would be abundantly fruitful and limitless. Given a few thousand years, we… ”

She halted her words, implying it all.

Ma Zheng slowly said, ”Your thoughts aren ’t wrong; the Neo-Dawn Eclipse Pill could send us to great heights in a few thousand years. ”

With the added time it ’ll provide during the early years, the geniuses will all be able to become Realmlords, and invincible ones at that. At a certain point, there will be a differentiation between talents and geniuses. Those who have a Domain Seed prior to the Realm World Phase and those who do not. The extra hundreds of years of time not spent on comprehending the Spatial Resonance, Light Reflection, Gravity Emission, or fearfully preparing for the Realm World Astral Tribulation, will create an unfathomable gap between centennial generations.

Ma Sujiang wasn ’t wrong with her line of thinking. This pill might not be able to create Ascended, but it ’ll facilitate the growth of numerous talents that ’ll eventually become Ascended. They ’ll have greater foundations than those of equal ages.

”Then why? ” Ma Sujiang questioned. By revealing this to the others, isn ’t this removing their potential lead? Couldn ’t they wait a thousand years? At least a few hundred! It ’ll be best if they just kept it a secret, never revealing it at all.

Ma Zheng ’s expression remained unchanged. He merely asked in return: ”If the King of Everlore wanted you to prove your worth, would you destroy this Neo-Dawn Eclipse Pill from existence? ”

”…! ” Ma Sujiang was startled. King of Everlore? What did he, that legendary figure, have to do with this? Could it be about that silver-eyed alchemist? But since her father asked her this question, she seriously considered it from all angles.

In the end, she decisively shook her head: ”I would. I ’ll do whatever I can to prove myself. ” The King of Everlore was an Alchemic Saint with astonishing talent, and his future was boundless.

Ma Zheng nodded, ”The King of Everlore could, in a mere thousand years, change the Grand Cyclic Stellar Region. His origins are mysterious. Some say he originated from the Everlore Starfield, that he was born there. Others say he was sent there as a child, a test for developing talents of a clan that far exceeds the scope of our understanding. There are even a few who believe he ’s the reincarnation of an Alchemic Heavenly Saint, or an Immortal-Rank Alchemist.

”We don ’t really know the truth, but the fact remains: he was extraordinary. All those who followed him, proved themselves, was worthy enough to experience world-defying changes. ” Ma Zheng had rarely spoken so many words, and his voice seemed a little tired.

Yet Ma Sujiang ’s heart was nearly beating out of her chest. While Ma Zheng hadn ’t explicitedly stated his thoughts, she had an assumption. She wanted to scream out that it was impossible, but no words came out.

Could this silver-eyed alchemist have the same potential as the King of Everlore?! When she thought up to here, remembering her actions of assaulting his concubine, her spine felt a terrifying chill.

Ma Zheng added: ”Silver-eyes; Millions of high-level alchemical products; Outstanding foundation that exceeds imagination; Outrageous Alchemical Talent; Unverifiable background; Raised in the Everlore Starfield; Younger than fifty; A quasi Demi-Lord servant. If I had you make a guess as to who this person could be, who do you think it is? ”

”… ” Ma Sujiang was stunned, confused by such a string of details. But when she grasped the entire picture, her heart and mind exploded with the force of a supernova. She would ’ve never thought about it until pointed out in such a manner.


Could it be?

The King of Everlore ’s…descendant?!?!

”Whether its true or not, it doesn ’t matter. ” Ma Zheng slowly said before rising from his seat. He started to walk towards the door to the building. It was about time to begin.

What mattered was that he was interested in seeing what this young man wanted. After all, that young man clearly didn ’t give him the product to hold and develop his own forces. That was a ridiculous plan that ’ll take longer than that young man has lived to pull off. Whatever he wanted to do, the Golden Life Pavilion, no, the Ma Clan was courageous enough to follow.

And this was the first step.

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