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The Whispering Verses :- Chapter 44: Increased Power

After separating from the elderly priest, Shard found the office of the carriage rental company three streets away according to the map. This company’s main business is to reserve carriages for important trips in advance, but they also have carriages that can transport cargo.

Shard knew that it was best not to let ordinary people see those books, so he specifically asked if the driver would inspect the goods.

“We are a professional carriage rental company. Even if you’re transporting a corpse, no, even if you’re transporting a whole carriage of corpses, as long as you don’t leave traces, it’s completely unrelated to us.”

The middle-aged accountant who took the money from Shard emphasized with drooping eyelids:

“We are very professional.”

Carriages for transporting goods are much cheaper than those for passengers, even if they also need to carry Shard back. When Shard personally moved those books into his home at No. 6 St. Delan Square, he spent less than 8 shillings in total.

Although Room 2 on the second floor used to seem big, it felt cramped after moving in so many books. While Shard prevented the curious orange cat Mia from touching his books, he thought he must find time to develop the remaining space in this house.

He didn’t go out for the rest of the day. The exaggerated heavy fog outside was not suitable for going out, so he stayed home honestly, leafing through the books he had spent 50 pounds to buy, consuming gas and steam whose prices he didn’t yet know.

Most of the first-year courses for Ring Warlocks mainly involved knowledge, not the supernatural, so most were memory-based exam subjects. As someone who had undergone a complete education system, Shard was good at this and believed he had the confidence to complete most of the first-year courses by the end of the year.

As for those courses that required practical operation, he was very curious about power and believed in his self-learning ability, so he thought it wouldn’t take long to finish those courses.

Since he had obtained the textbooks, what Shard was most interested in were [Incantation] and [Mystique], the two direct paths to gaining power. Although he kept the doctor’s warnings in mind, Shard still believed he needed the most basic self-protection power.

As a first-year Ring Warlock, St. Byrons Comprehensive Academy did not directly mention too much about Incantation and Mystique in the [Ring Warlock Basic Course – Mystique] and [Ring Warlock Basic Course – Incantation], and the few that were mentioned seemed quite ordinary based on their effects.

St. Byrons Comprehensive Academy provides three types of incantations and four types of mystique for first-year correspondence Ring Warlocks for free.

The free [Incantations] follow a standard system. Regardless of which academy’s students, the incantations they first learn and use are the same.

The recommended incantations to learn and use first are [Ignite], [Summon Water], and [Move Object]. These are the original forms of mysterious power from ancient times and have more advanced [Incantations] that can extend from them.

Moreover, learning these three incantations doesn’t require many materials, and casting them doesn’t need materials either, making them the most convenient incantations. Shard learned and mastered them proficiently within half a night—

“Ha!”

He stared intently at the newspaper in his hand, and the newspaper finally emitted a wisp of blue smoke, startling the little orange cat playing with the pages to leap into Shard’s arms.

“Ha!”

His right hand kept shaking the empty water cup, and as he shook it, the inside of the cup started to get wet. Wiping the sweat from his forehead, Shard put the cup back on the table, but before he could check it, the curious orange cat Mia in his arms pounced on the cup.

“Ha!”

Intent on staring at the cup as if his eyes would bleed, the cup moved back a bit on the table. The orange cat shifted direction in mid-air, landed on the table, and once again jumped back into Shard’s arms, seemingly scared again.

This was a somewhat timid cat; its fierceness towards strangers was just a means to protect itself.

St. Byrons Comprehensive Academy’s free [Mystique] for first-year students are based on the core spirit runes of the Ring Warlocks.

Shard’s talents were quite good. [Time and Space] and [Silver Moon] were rare but not obscure. In the Basic Course – Mystique, the academy’s recommendations leaned more towards the [Silver Moon] related mystique since, for a newly initiated mystic, the [Time and Space] spirit rune was both dangerous and complex.

Therefore, among the four free mystique provided by the academy, there was only one related to [Time and Space], which was [Perceive Time], allowing Shard to always know the exact time.

Though this mystique didn’t sound very useful, it was quite troublesome to learn. As a basic mystique provided by the academy, the required learning materials were also provided by the academy. An antique pocket watch with a century-long history was easy to find, but the unique plant “Four-Leaf Clock Flower,” though cultivated in the academy’s greenhouse, had a complicated harvesting process, so Shard would only be able to get it from the doctor next month.

As for the mystique related to [Silver Moon], the academy provided three options—

[Cynthia’s Silver Moon Blessing], which grants healing abilities under the Silver Moon’s light, able to heal oneself and others. This mystique was exclusive to holders of the [Silver Moon] spirit rune and could only be used at night.

The naming indicated it was developed by academic Ring Warlocks, hence the prefix with names. If Shard’s invented [Silver Moon Glow] were strong enough, he could name it [Shard’s Silver Moon Glow].

[Illusion of Moon Shadow], which allows the caster to perform simple illusions using the moonlight on any night. Holders of any lunar spirit rune could learn this mystique, but its effects varied slightly based on the spirit rune and the user, and it also could only be used at night.

[Silver Moon Slash], which draws a silver moonlight slash in the air to attack enemies, especially effective against enemies with Enlightenment and Blasphemy elements. This mystique was only learnable by holders of the [Silver Moon] rune, but others with moon, star, or even sun concept runes had similar mystique with different effects.

Of the three mystique, this was the only attack-type mystique.

The night sky of this world had three moons: silver, yellow, and red. Each moon had distinct meanings in mysticism. The red moon related to blood and reproduction, the yellow moon represented “guidance” under the “moonlight,” and the silver moon symbolized “protection,” “purity,” and “mystery.”

Therefore, [Silver Moon] related mystique differed significantly from those related to the other moons. Had Shard’s spirit rune been [Moon], a higher-tier concept, he could have learned even more mystique.

The three mystique selected by the academy covered healing, illusions, and attacks, making them quite comprehensive.

The learning materials were provided with the corresponding textbooks, including a glass bottle thumb-sized containing a mercury-like liquid called “Silver Moon Dew,” a piece of silver cloth embroidered with an unknown ancient divine emblem, and a small broken silver knife with a crescent moon engraved on the remaining blade.

However, merely having the materials wasn’t enough to learn the mystique. Shard also needed to prepare the corresponding environment and grasp the necessary incantations. These couldn’t be mastered in one day, so by the end of the night, he had only learned [Silver Moon Slash].

The learning requirement for [Silver Moon Slash] only needed the Ring Warlock to be able to infuse the Silver Moon’s moonlight into the broken silver knife, which was quite simple for Shard now.

He repeated this process under the nighttime moonlight. Each time he infused moonlight, the small knife became shorter. On the 13th infusion, the broken blade entirely turned into light and disappeared. Shard looked at his faintly glowing hand, realizing with clarity that he had mastered this attack-type mystique.

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The Whispering Verses

The Whispering Verses

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Arriving in a new world where the steam industry is thriving, you inherit a three-story apartment in the kingdom's capital square. Accompanied by someone else's cat and listening to the whispers in your ear, you witness this strange and mysterious era. The epic of the Sixth Age is about to begin. Behind the curtains, the chosen ones will step into legend. Old gods, relics, steam, witches, detectives, ancient mysteries, the radiance of epochs... "Do you want to play a round of Lord Cards?" Time engraves the years, and the silver moon illuminates the shadows. I write legends for you, and you whisper verses for me.

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