Thereafter, the battle swiftly ended.
The enemy commander was wiped out in the first wave of attack. In a short while, the weakened Undead Army turned into ashes under the effects of the enchanted field and bombardment of the holy spears, which led the battle into its end. As the final Skeleton Soldier collapsed, the soldiers above the city walls burst into cheers. Previously, they felt helpless as it was apparent that their defensive line was failing. Their only hope left was to delay so the next defensive line could get ready for the second wave of the Undead Army. They were prepared to die, but as the dazzling radiance emerged, a miracle happened.
Some of the soldiers stood blankly above the city wall and couldn't believe their eyes. The skeletons almost killed them, but they were all gone now?!
"Oh my goodness!"
The omnipresent golden array of runes and torrent of light gradually vanished. Shortly after, the silver light beam shrunk and disappeared before them.
Rhode fiddled with the ring on his finger and nodded in satisfaction. This was considered a 'preview' for the Holy Maiden Statue and it seemed that they worked excellently like the ones in the Land of Atonement. No matter the operations of the rule power or enchanted field, everything seemed normal. Rhode let out a sigh of relief. It seemed that Gillian was right that it could be used anywhere.
Rhode gestured to the captain who was dumbfounded.
"Get ready to dock and unload."
The captain came to his senses abruptly and answered humbly, yet frantically. After all, he had never seen the might of the Holy Maiden Statue and the immense strength that this legendary artifact released left him in unprecedented awe. The thought of him being fortunate enough to transport such a legendary weapon made him incredibly proud.
As a border defensive line under the strong gales, a port for the Floating Boats was essential. After the captain sent out the signal, the people around the port guided the Floating Boat into the specialized platform built by Dragon Canyon. At this moment, several generals and commanders of high ranks already stood there. They thought that it was yet another new weapon developed by the Royal Fleet and were astonished when they witnessed that it was just a merchant boat.
What exactly is going on?
The veteran stroked his beard and stared at the massive merchant boat with wide eyes. He recognized that it was the Senia Family's merchant boat.
But... Why is it here?
Shortly after, the Floating Boat came to a halt on the platform. The veteran strode forward and greeted the passengers.
"Miss Marlene? Isn't this Miss Marlene? Why are you here?"
"Greetings, General Anton."
Marlene smiled and nodded slightly.
"Long time no see and you're still looking as healthy as ever. I'm glad."
"Aiya... You've grown up... You were still a little girl the last time I saw you. Back then, I said that you would become a beauty and look at yourself now..."
Anton shook his head and exclaimed. Then, his gaze turned curious.
"But, Miss Marlene, why are you here? Is anything the matter with the Senia Family?"
"This was what happened."
Marlene kept her smile and beckoned to Rhode.
"Allow me to introduce to you the overlord of Paphield-Grenbell, Mr. Rhode."
Anton shifted his gaze to Rhode and was speechless after looking at his beautiful face. However, Marlene shot a look at him, to which the latter shrugged and changed his thoughts.
"Greetings, Sir Overlord. I'm the commander of the Dragon Canyon defensive line, Anton Heins. Welcome to Dragon Canyon."
Even though Anton sounded respectful, his eyes continued to wander to Marlene dubiously. As a relatively close subordinate of the Senia Family, he was slightly aware of what Marlene had been up to all this while. However, he knew that they weren't here just for a chat.
"This was what happened, General Anton."
Rhode let out a cough after sensing his doubts.
"We're here for a business transaction with Dragon Canyon."
General Anton knitted his brows with a puzzled gaze. At this moment, his young adjutant sneaked up to him and whispered into his ear. "General, you've forgotten about it. Didn't we receive news that Dragon Canyon will be renovated..."
General Anton came to a sudden realization. About ten days ago, he had indeed received news from the headquarters that they purchased a secret weapon to defend against the Undead Army. The reason why he remembered this matter was solely because the secret weapon cost 3 million gold coins. Back then, he smacked the table and chided the group of brainless idiots who purchased this broken toy. He would rather they invested the money into the defense facilities and soldiers' armor and weapons. But now... His eyes glinted.
"Could it be that..."
"That's right, General Anton. The first Holy Maiden Statue has been built, which is why we're transporting it here. Based on the negotiations, this statue will be placed in the center of the first defensive line. We will leave its specific position to you. As for its might..."
Marlene paused and let out a chuckle.
"You've seen it for yourself."
"Miss Marlene. The statues that you mentioned are the ones we wanted?"
Anton stared at Marlene. He naturally knew how formidable the massive light beam that descended from the sky and torrent of light was. He stood above the city wall and witnessed how the light beam turned thousands of Undead Creatures into ashes within seconds!
Oh my goodness. Such a powerful strength is about to be mine?
Anton became excited at this thought like a child getting a new toy.
"Where is it? Miss Marlene. Where is it at?"
"Please come with me."
Marlene and Rhode revealed bitter smiles at each other and led General Anton to the Holy Maiden Statue. The statue had been shut down and wasn't emanating silver-whitish radiance like before. However, light dust like fireflies fluttered around and brought a sense of sacred tranquility.
Not only General Anton, but his subordinates also widened their eyes in astonishment. They circled and scanned the statue. If they didn't witness its might, they would have never imagined a statue could possess such powers.
General Anton stood before it and scrutinized while Ann promoted its abilities, range, advantages, and flaws. Rhode had specially written an instruction manual based off on his system and given it to her beforehand, so she had no problems remembering the details. However... Although Ann's explanations were clear and logical, somehow Rhode felt as though she was promoting multi-level marketing instead...
"Did you teach her that?"
Rhode puckered his brows and turned to Marlene. He was certain that he wasn't the one. The instruction manual was written in an official format and wasn't as extravagant as Ann made it out to be.
Could it be that her talents in negotiations are finally blooming? But this is a little too much...
Marlene revealed an awkward expression.
"... Miss Gillian was the one who taught her. She said it was a compulsory business course..."
Rhode and Marlene whispered behind General Anton's back, but the latter wasn't in the mood to entertain his precious guests. He caressed the statue in awe after hearing that its enchanted field could envelope a radius of up to ten miles, weaken the Undead Creatures drastically, and turn all water sources into holy water.
Oh lord! I didn't expect something so powerful to exist in this world! With this in my defensive line, do I even need a second or third defensive line at the back? I swear that with this, the skeletons can't get past me!
If this happened in the past, perhaps Anton would have asked for a discount. However, he had no doubts now after personally witnessing its strength! He had the urge to punch his brains out after thinking of his previous complaints. Back then, he was disgusted with the group of idiots who spent 3 million gold coins on a piece of useless junk. Now it seemed that not to mention 3 million, but 30 million gold coins were still worth it!
The other generals revealed delightful expressions while listening to Ann's explanations and Rhode nodded in satisfaction.
Everything's going great.