Whenever someone starts something, there would always be people who follow. Two other elders stepped forward to protest.
Facing these confrontations, Sheyan simply waved his hand and said.
“Have it your way, but Dawn City no longer welcomes you. Please return to Rivendell!”
The 3 Elven elders retorted angrily.
“You do not have the authority to decide that!”
Sheyan simply smiled and replied.
“If you want to hear Lady Melody personally order you away, it’s not a big problem. Just wait until I’m done with the matters here. ”
The other Elven elders stepped forward one after another to help complete the magic formation on Glorfindel’s body. In total, 6 Elven elders took part. By the time the formation was completed, Glorfindel could no longer speak. All he could muster were angry howls in his throat. The runes looked like molten gold as they stuck to his body. They were actually seeping into his skin like tattoo ink!
Annenia Cyathea moved his hand slightly and Glorfindel floated up from the ground. The 6 elders started glowing with a golden radiant. They surrounded Glorfindel and advanced deeper into the caves.
The 3 elders who did not participate wanted to follow along, but after taking a few steps forward, they discovered a light barrier. The glow from the light barrier was dim, but it radiated with an imposing dignity, stopping them in their tracks outside the barrier. However, the barrier showed no effect on Sheyan. He walked through it casually.
One of the elders tried to do the same thing, but as soon as he touched the barrier, he immediately cried out in pain. A burn mark appeared at the part of his body that came into contact with the barrier. He immediately tried to heal himself with natural magic but the burn mark persisted on his skin like a brand.
“God only needs the most loyal servants,” a drawn-out voice resounded over from the distance. “Unfortunately, you have disappointed God.”
The 3 elders looked at each other. They started to have a bad feeling about this.
The group that proceeded deeper into the tunnel travelled for what felt like a long time, but strangely also felt pretty short. In the end, they stepped foot into a large cavern that had 5 holes on the ceiling. They were undoubtedly deep in the mountains yet bright sunlight shined through each of the holes to illuminate the cavern.
The 5 rays of sunlight represented the 5 Honours of the Sun God – Radiance, Warmth, Brilliance, Dignity and Heat. The rays of sunlight were produced by Sin’dorei to display his Divinity. They would last here forever.
Annenia Cyathea chanted a string of incantations and the 5 rays of sunlight slowly moved until they shined on Glorfindel’s limbs and head. As if in response to the sunlight, the magic formation on his body glowed bright!
Glorfindel screamed in agony. He struggled with all his might in the air but to no avail.
Gradually, the brightly lit cavern turned dark. It wasn’t that the Divinity of the Sun God had disappeared; it’s just that the light energy from the 5 rays of sunlight were completely absorbed by the magic formation and were turned into divine energy. The cavern that lost its light source naturally turned pitch-black.
Suddenly, a few spots of red lights appeared from the walls of the cavern and intertwined in the air. Upon closer inspection, one would see that they were all in the forms of the insignia of Sin’dorei. Then, multiple trails of lights formed in the air and intertwined with each other to form a divine image of Sin’dorei. The whole cavern became a mysterious, large-scale magic formation!
Glorfindel’s face was already twisted to a terrifying extent but he did not utter a sound. An extremely dense green glow seeped out from his body and it slowly floated up into the air as if it was being held in the palm of the Sun God. Then, the dense green glow condensed into 6 emerald-green light orbs and floated towards the 6 Elven elders.
“I, Annenia Cyathea, solemnly swear that the honour of the Sun God shall forever shine upon my soul! I shall become the most loyal believer of Sin’dorei!”
The pious voice of Annenia Cyathea echoed loudly in the cavern. Compared to the other 5 Elven elders, he understood more clearly what the ritual meant. Even if this great Elven elder had reservations about Sheyan before, all his doubts disappeared after witnessing the Holy Beast Paul forcefully capturing Glorfindel alive!
“This is the Oath of the Fanatics!” the other Elven elders were completely shocked.
Following the oath of Annenia Cyathea, the emerald-green light orb floating in front him gradually turned a golden colour and seeped into his body. After the light orb was completely absorbed by Annenia Cyathea, his magic power increased tremendously! The shackles that had held him back from becoming stronger for 196 years completely vanished. Annenia Cyathea’s might reached a whole new height!
All these happened because the emerald-green light orb that he absorbed contained 10% of Glorfindel’s power!
All energy came from the sun. Only the Sun God Sin’dorei could convert any energy into the divine power of the Sun God, then infuse it into the body of His devout fanatics. As someone who pursued power, Annenia Cyathea took the step without hesitation!
The remaining 5 Elven elders were shocked speechless. A portion of Glorfindel’s power was definitely tempting, but if they became fanatics, they would have to obey Melody for the rest of their long lives. In addition to that, they will become Glorfindel’s mortal enemies! They must think it through carefully!
While the other elders were hesitating, the strengthened Annenia Cyathea suddenly kneeled down and chanted loudly.
“O great Sun God, this believer of yours is willing to worship you with everything he has. Please bestow upon me more power!”
Annenia Cyathea attempt to “sell” himself completely to Sin’dorei resulted in him being showered with more grace by the Sun God. The 5 remaining emerald-green light orbs that were hovering in front of the other elders turned golden. A golden ray shot out from each light orb into Annenia Cyathea’s body!
Annenia Cyathea’s magic power experienced another wild burst! He was now only a step away from reaching the Heroic rank like Legolas and Galadriel!
The rest of the Elven elders could no longer hold themselves back. They, too, recited the Oath of the Fanatics and absorbed Glorfindel’s power in front of them. One of them imitated Annenia Cyathea and offered himself completely, thus absorbing additional power from the other 4 light orbs.
The rest of the elders quickly realised what happened and “sold” themselves one after another. However, the last one to offer himself was rather unfortunate. His light orb only contained 5% of power after the other elders took their share from it. He became the one who drew the short straw.
The biggest winner of the ritual was, without a doubt, Elder Annenia Cyathea. Before this, his power was only below average amongst the Elven elders. But through his decisive actions, he was now the strongest person after Melody, which meant that the position of First Elder was pretty much in the bag.
Sheyan finally heaved a sigh of relief after witnessing the ritual. With this, the ruling council of Dawn City was established. All the members were made up of the Fanatics of Sin’dorei. Thus, even if Melody wasn’t that smart, her position would be as stable as Mt. Tai.
More importantly, the 6 elders climbed up the ranks by absorbing Glorfindel’s power. There would no longer be any ground for compromises between them and Glorfindel. Sheyan couldn’t help revealing a cold smile when he thought of that.
The elders needed to stay at the holy ground to pray and meditate in order to stabilise their newly obtained power, so Sheyan grabbed Glorfindel’s hair and dragged him away like he was dragging a garbage bag.
Outside the cave, Sheyan passed Glorfindel into the hands of 2 elite Dwarven warriors. He then returned to the highest point of Dawn City and announced to all the Elves.
“Mr. Glorfindel came here with evil intentions, disrespected our faith and tried to destroy our peaceful lives. However, the merciful Lady Melody Sunstrider has decided to pardon him after showing him the majesty of Sin’dorei. She will let him return to Rivendell to repent for his blasphemy.”
None of the Elves expected this. They thought that the best Glorfindel could have hoped for was imprisonment. If Melody wished to, she could even have executed him.
They only believed it when they saw Glorfindel being thrown into a wooden boat and was left to float away. The Elves cheered for Lady Melody Sunstrider’s kindness.
Sheyan actually came to this decision after giving it a lot of thoughts. He had limited time in this world after all. The defense of Dawn City was already quite thorough, so it didn’t matter whether Glorfindel lived or died. It was even more so now that Glorfindel only had 40% of his power left.
As long as Glorfindel stayed alive, he would remain a formidable enemy to the 6 elders who absorbed his power. Such a huge outside threat would keep them busy from initiating internal power struggles. Of course, others wouldn’t understand the game of thrones that Sheyan was playing.