The 5th Elder gloomily said, "That's right, the clan's interests are more important than anything else. There is clear evidence right now that everything was caused by these outsiders. Our hunting team's composition is kept very secret. Besides the people of the clan, no one knows the strength and the destination of the hunting team. The only ones that could leak those are those outsiders!"
The 3rd Elder coldly looked around, "For the sake of the Clan, we have to nip the danger in the bud. These outsiders must be dealt with! They are definitely plotting to overthrow the clan. We have to torture them until they reveal their origins and what they're plotting, or everyone within the clan will be in danger."
As soon as the 3rd Elder's words came out, over half of the Deacons showed that they agreed with him. Some extreme ones even loudly shouted that they should immediately kill them.
Elsa was worrying, but not for Lin Yun... She was worrying about the clan.
She looked around and saw everyone's attitude... Even the 2nd Elder's face didn't look good. These people had already lost their minds. Mafa Merlin had never left his living area ever since he came to the clan. How could he have leaked classified information that he couldn't even know?
These people hadn't seen how terrifying Mafa Merlin was, and they surely wouldn't believe without seeing it. Although Mafa Merlin only looked like a 9th Rank High Mage, even she couldn't estimate how powerful he was. She had never seen Mafa Merlin at a loss, he always had a solution for everything.
'Although the Clan isn't weak, the Great Elder has entered the Lightless Dreamland, and most of the remaining people wouldn't even have the ability to escape from the Orachiss, yet Merlin escaped from the Orachiss' Ash Cage.
'Even if the Great Elder hadn't sunk into a slumber, he would also be unable to force Mafa Merlin to stay. These people know that Duncan was powerful, but they don't know that Duncan is already on par with the Great Elder... No, he is even more powerful. But even then, Mafa Merlin was still able to escape. Those that could resist Curio's pressure in the clan could be counted on one hand, yet Curio was killed by Mafa Merlin.
'These people clearly don't understand how terrifying he is... They still don't know he is a formidable Artisan that even comprehended the Dark Elven Inheritance, the Elven Elegy, and his version was even more powerful than our Clan's inherited Elven Elegy. He can even forcibly sacrifice a Dark Elf to trigger nature power.'
The rest of them certainly wouldn't believe it. Even the 4th Elder, who was the one she was closest to, thought it was a joke when Elsa told her what happened...
Furthermore, Merlin had several powerful companions.
There was a level 38 Frost Dragon, everyone in the clan knew of the power of Dragons.
There was also a monstrous puppet with casting ability far greater than that of Dark Elves, capable of creating a flood of spells in an instant, a formidable True Spirit Magic Tool with a freakish Incarnation, and that strange Beastman that could resist spells.
But none of them were as strong as Mafa Merlin. She even felt his aura further stabilizing yesterday. His mana fluctuations gave a feeling similar to that of the Wisdom Tree, boundless and endless.
Standing in front of Mafa Merlin made her feel helpless, as if she was standing in front of a wise God.
'They haven't seen his eyes containing boundless wisdom. He has yet to break through to the Archmage realm, but it feels as if I'm facing an Elder... They won't believe it. I can't let them do something so stupid, we absolutely can't clash with Mafa Merlin. They don't understand, doing as the 3rd Elder says is no different from welcoming the annihilation of the Dark Elven Clan!'
Elsa looked at these angry Elders and Deacons, but only felt a sense of helplessness. She simply couldn't persuade these people.
After looking around for a while, apart from the 4th Elder, that had yet to take any side, and the worrying 2nd Elder, everyone else had already approved of the 3rd Elder's idea.
She had heard the 4th Elder say that the 3rd Elder had huge influence in the Elder Council, and his relationship with the Great Elder was very good, but she hadn't expected it to be to that degree...
The 2nd Elder was someone that tried to never offend anyone. He could deal with the tribe's trivial matters, but he wouldn't have his own opinion when making an important decision. Persuading the 2nd Elder was impossible. The 2nd Elder also wouldn't believe how powerful Mafa Merlin was.
The 4th Elder stood up and kept arguing with the 3rd Elder, disapproving of his idea. But she was surrounded by all those people and could hardly resist.
Elsa clenched her teeth and suddenly stood up, looking at everyone. "I'm completely against you using force against Mafa Merlin. Let me tell you! Mafa Merlin is the person mentioned in the clan's prophecy, he is the one that can remove our curse!"
Elsa's words instantly silenced the noisy clansmen, but after a few seconds, some of them started questioning Elsa's words, asking her to explain herself and asking for proof.
Elsa was 100% sure of herself, but she had predicted this. After so many years, not many people dared to believe her words were true.
Or it might be simpler to say that they didn't believe that Mafa Merlin was the person in that prophecy...
Soon, the 2nd Elder, who had already started leaning towards the 3rd Elder, seemed to want to agree with his opinion. The 4th Elder suddenly sneered and sat down, glancing at everyone before looking at the 2nd Elder.
"2nd Elder, this is all because of the 3rd Elder's grudge. Moreover, we have no proof that Mafa Merlin did anything to our clan. And if Mafa Merlin really is the person from the prophecy, then you would have sinned and forced us Dark Elves to live with the curse for all eternity, unable to remove it. Who can take responsibility for that sin?"
The 3rd Elder sneered, "I only believe what I can see! The clan is undergoing an unprecedented crisis and these outsiders are the biggest suspects so I have to eliminate them. In order to protect the clan, I can bear all sins!"
The 4th Elder and the 3rd Elder were completely opposing each other, while the 2nd Elder could only force a smile and wave his hand, "Stop quarreling, those outsiders are really our biggest suspects and cannot be ignored, but since Elsa brought up the matter of the prophecy, we can't be too excessive. Send some people to arrest them first. Once we've looked into the crux of the matter, if we find out that these outsiders were innocent, I'll thicken my face and personally apologize..."
The 2nd Elder declared his stance, but he was trying to smooth things over and make both sides take a step back. The 3rd Elder expressionlessly sat down, while the Deacons all approved.
The 5th Elder, who was a staunch follower of the 3rd Elder, crossed his arms and sneered at Elsa, clearly still planning something.
This time, Elsa was extremely pale.
Of the four seated Elders, three had approved, as well as more than 70% of the Deacons. There was no way to change this decision, unless the Great Elder appeared and changed it himself. But the Great Leader couldn't appear.
'It's over... We are finished, we are going to offend Mafa Merlin. Trying to capture Mafa Merlin is definitely going to cause a storm... If it leads to a large clash, I'm afraid the danger from the outside will follow and the clan will suffer heavy losses...'
After the meeting was finished, Elsa took the initiative to leave first, using her fastest speed to rush to Lin Yun's treehouse.
"Mafa Merlin, hurry, follow me and leave!' Elsa even forgot the most basic etiquette as she rushed into Lin Yun's room in a panic, incoherently telling him that he had to get away.
Lin Yun frowned and calmly closed the Book of Ten Thousand Mantras before raising his head to face the anxious Elsa.
Elsa was hopping about in a rush.
"Hurry up and follow me, three Elders are coming to capture you, they are saying that you have a big plot against the Dark Elves. Even the 2nd Elder gave his consent. I saw the attitude of the 3rd Elder and it won't be as simple as capturing you. Hurry up and go, they are on their way!"
Lin Yun waved his hand, indifferently appeasing the fretful Elsa.
"It's okay, don't worry, the sky has yet to collapse."
Elsa's eyes opened wide, continuously moving.
"You should hurry, Mafa Merlin! Escape quick! They are coming! I don't have time to give you a detailed explanation..."
'Over, it's over, Mafa Merlin isn't anxious at all. By the time the 3rd Elder comes, he will definitely act. If he does, we will be in huge trouble...'
As Elsa was getting angry about failing to persuade him, a loud sound echoed from outside the treehouse.
"Surround them! Don't let these conspiring outsiders run!"
Elsa's expression greatly changed. Despair could already be seen on her face...
Lin Yun calmly left the treehouse. Several hundred elite Dark Elves had appeared outside the treehouse, surrounding it. And at the head was the 3rd Elder.
Seeing Lin Yun, the 3rd Elder immediately shouted in a loud voice.
"Outsider! Since your appearance, our clan has had a large number of casualties. An entire hunting team disappeared on a hunt! It must all be related to you. According to our regulations, you should be executed. I'll give you a chance now! Tell me what your scheme is, and I can make the decision to only cripple your mana and let you keep your life."
In the back, Jers was maliciously looking at Lin Yun.
"Outsider, I already saw through your schemes. You mounted a despicable ambush last time! This time, I shall see how you plan on ambushing us. If you don't explain what your scheme is today, then the only outcome awaiting you is being burnt alive!"
Lin Yun glanced at the 3rd Elder and Jers and chuckled.