Nathan, who was carrying a [Grade D] Large Axe on his hand, and the young man, who was acting as his guide, arrived at the Holy Temple.
The Holy Temple was located at the outer edge of the village to the North.
To Nathan's surprise, rather than a temple, the Holy Temple was a garden with an open-air platform made up of stones that had two pillars in the middle, serving as a door.
He concluded that the two pillars in the middle of the platform served as a door because there was a red portal between them.
It was the same ominous-looking portal he had seen when he entered the Divine Tower.
On the side of the road leading to the platform, there were villagers on their knees with their heads down praying.
On the sides of the platform, there were eleven women wearing the same clothes that the woman referred to as Priestess whom Nathan met earlier at the Village Hall.
All of them, except for one, were on their knees with their heads down and praying.
The one that wasn't on her knees was the High Priestess. She was this ungodly beautiful woman in her early 30s with silver hair. In fact, among the priestesses, she was the most beautiful of them all.
She was standing between the other ten priestesses and praying with her eyes closed.
Nathan tried to look for the other Traveling Mercenaries around, but there was no one was on sight.
'Perhaps they've already entered the portal?'
"Great Chosen One, this is where we part ways. I pray that you will have a safe and bountiful journey," whispered the young man on his side before heading to the side to join the villagers.
Nathan turned to him.
The young man stopped and turned.
"Yes, Great Chosen One?"
"What's your name?"
"My name is Gadostizaraza, Great Chosen One."
The young man offered a quick bow.
Hearing his name, Nathan couldn't help but knit his brows for a quick moment because it was a name that would cause him to bite his tongue every time he says it.
However, there was no denying that this young man was of great help to him. If he hadn't been there to support him, acting as his guide, who knows how much time he would've wasted.
"Thank you, Gadostizaraza. I will remember this gesture you did for me. Just call me Nathan, by the way."
"Great Chosen One Nathan, it was an honor to be of service. My God bless us all in the Holy Night Ceremony."
Nathan shook his head and smiled. "Yeah, sure."
Gadostizaraza turned around and went to join the villagers on the side of the road.
Nathan checked his watch.
He walked down the road leading the platform.
As he drew closer, the High Priestess opened her silver-colored eyes and looked at Nathan.
The expression on her eyes was neither haughty nor humble. It was neutral as if she didn't care whether Nathan was a Chosen One or not.
She went in front of the platform and waited there.
When Nathan got near the High Priestess, she spoke first and held out her hand.
"Greetings, Traveling Mercenary. I believe you have something of ours."
Just like her eyes, the tone of her voice was neither haughty and humble as well.
For some reason, his instincts were screaming at him that this woman in front of him was extremely dangerous. He doesn't know why but it just felt like that. Plus, she reminded him of those die-hard religious freaks that are always a headache to deal with because of their extreme dogmatism and are best left alone.
'What is this bitch saying?'
But then he thought about the ring that was given to him by that priestess he met earlier so he took it out.
"You mean this one?"
Following the warning of his instincts, instead of telling the woman to come over and take it herself or throwing it at her or just ignoring her, he placed the ring on her palm.
Once she had the ring, she immediately put down her hand.
"The others have already entered the portal. Go and complete the Holy Night Ceremony. I may not be able to hold the portal any longer."
'Others? Hmm… So they really have entered already. But I wonder how many are they… And this bitch has the power to hold the portal? Interesting…'
This place, both inside and out, had so many mysteries that Nathan wanted to unearth. But unfortunately for him, he lacked the time and there was also that restriction.
Right now, all he was doing was just going with the flow. If he had just entered at a much earlier time, perhaps he could've investigated and prepared more.
'Perhaps next time… If I do survive and be able to return here.'
Nathan walked passed the High Priestess and continued walking until he was in front of the red portal.
'Sigh… This is it. But first… System.'
STR – 38 (+4)
VIT – 36
AGI – 33 (+30)
INT – 33
[Grade D] Large Axe (12/12)
[Grade D] Mini-crossbow (12/12)
[Grade D] Long Dagger (12/12)
[Grade D] Helm (15/15): +4 Agi
[Grade D] Heavy Leather Armor (15/15): +4 Agi
[Grade D] Heavy Leather Gloves (15/15): +4 Agi
[Grade D] Heavy Leather Boots (15/15): +4 Str
[Grade C] Ring: +6 Agi
[Grade C] Ring: +6 Agi
[Grade C] Amulet: +6 Agi
[Grade D] Spatial Bag
Skill: Level X [Coward's Way]
"May God bless you in the Holy Night Ceremony," said the High Priestess behind him which caused him to make a clicking sound with his tongue.
With the [Grade D] Large Axe on his hand, he stepped inside the portal and that familiar odd sense of displacement washed all over him once more, causing him to feel a bit nauseous.
But this time, he didn't choose to close his eyes.
He continued walking and everything was red until his surroundings began to change.
When he exited the portal, he found himself in a spacious arena that was as large as a football stadium. The ceiling seemed endless and there was a gigantic golden orb hovering above that was serving something like the sun, illuminating the entire area.
But those weren't the things that surprised him the most.
The High Priestess told him that the others have already entered the portal before him so he was expecting them here. But what he wasn't expecting was to see Rose and her group -- Ashleigh and Derek were there was as well.
There were other groups as well, Harry's group, the soldiers he saw last night and a group made up of Asians.
Basically, there were 4 groups, making it a total of 92 people.
Each group was not staying close to each other except for the military and Rose's group -- it seemed that they formed an alliance.
And among the military group, there were two people with a metal collar around their necks.
Furthermore, there were also three corpses lying on the ground.
'Looks like a fight broke out when these people entered the portal before they decided to stop killing each other,' Nathan thought.
Everyone noticed Nathan because he was the last one to enter and the portal behind him immediately disappeared.
What Nathan didn't know was that the event won't start until the red portal closes.
And now that the final Traveling Mercenary entered the portal, it was time to see what was going to happen.
"It's Nathan!" One of the people from Rose's team said.
Nathan sneered and immediately disappeared.
Of course, he didn't choose to charge at them right away. He decided to circle around and make sure he was behind another group while deciding what to do.
And in case he does attack, he wanted to test out his new toy, the [Grade D] Mini-crossbow.
Seeing Nathan disappeared, all of the groups became alert.
There was already animosity between the four groups.
There was hatred between Harry and Rose's group, and the military and the Asian group.
The only reason they didn't continue killing each other was because they had no idea what awaited them here.
Nathan was already behind a group -- it was a group of Asians -- when a message suddenly popped inside everyone's head.
'Stage 1 of the Divine Tower will now begin. Kill all the Armored Angels to proceed to the next stage.'
Everyone stopped and looked up in the sky.
An army of 100 2m-tall armored angels with a wingspan of more than 5 meters long appeared and were descending.
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