Whenever Emery thought about the upcoming Royal Hunt, he could feel that something terrible was waiting for him. He didn't know what it was, but every fiber of his body was screaming with a bad premonition.
With the faction ruler of the planet keeping a close eye on him, it was near impossible for him to do anything. All he could do was try his best to stay vigilant for any threat aimed at him and look for the best opportunity to escape from this imminent danger.
It was clear the Alpha King wished to see him pass the preliminary test and reach the top rankings at the Royal Hunt. Thus, to prevent anything unwanted from happening, he just needed to do well at the hunt.
Since there was a change in his pack members, Emery took the time to train their teamwork again, to get used to each other's strengths. Fortunately, Beowulf was not just a veteran, he was practically the one who trained them, hence it only took Beowulf a couple of hours for everyone to familiarize themselves with the new formation.
The old chief was a warrior with more than adequate experience in filling various roles, making him a versatile member that could take any role in the formation as required. Not to mention, he was ranked A-grade in the Wolf Guild, which made him overqualified to participate in the Royal Hunt.
As for his status, it talked by itself.
[Battle Power: 235]
[Spirit Force: 899]
[Realm: Rank 9 - 8 Pillar Form]
[Gene Classification: Legendary bloodline]
[Bloodline Limit: Rank 6]
[Current Rank: Rank 6]
[Element Affinity: Ice, Light]
[Spirit Aptitude: B]
Although the old wolf was no longer a magus, his battle power was comparable to one. Moreover, despite his injury that impeded him from reforming his spirit core and forced him to settle with his 8 Pillars, it sisn't stop him from casting Tier 5 spells.
The only downside to having Beowulf replace his previous pack member was that the old chief was not a part of his inner pack. As a result, he could not be linked to Emery's [One Mind], which made communication somewhat troublesome.
Unfortunately, there was no full moon to do the ritual within the three days they had left. Though, even if there was, Emery was reluctant to ask Beowlf, who was previously his Chief, to be a member of his pack.
Apart from the training, Emery also had a scheduled meeting at the Apex faction facility. In truth, due to what had been happening to Tatyana, he had absolutely no interest in becoming a part of any project provided by the Alpha King. This was especially the case when it involved his bloodline. He didn't want the situation with Lucius to repeat.
Still, Emery decided to attend with something prepared.
When he arrived at their agreed location, he saw that Grandmaster Reikun was already waiting for him. Brought with him was the new batch of [Booster Pill - 7006] that he believed would finally lead Emery to break through to the next rank.
Committed to staying safe, when the grandmaster was momentarily distracted talking about the new pill, Emery swiftly switched it with an identical one, an imitation pill made with his own recipe whose only function was to energize the body.
The grandmaster scrutinized Emery from head to toe after seeing him consume the pill. His expression was initially filled with anticipation, but it soon changed into confusion at a speed visible to the naked eye.
He hoped for another attempt, but with the Royal Hunt being only two days away, Emery respectfully declined his request.
"Thank you for trying, Grandmaster."
After excusing himself from the facility room and leaving the reluctant grandmaster behind, Emery returned to his residence.
What he had in his possession at this moment was the best creation the Apex facility had created for him. It was something they had painstakingly made after countless trials and errors, something of great value that would greatly benefit his bloodline breakthrough.
Upon arriving at the residence, Emery placed the precious pill on the table he had prepared and used his skill.
[Eight essences found]
As someone who was once an Apothecarist himself, Emery knew very well that what he had just done was unethical. However, his moral compass had to make way in the face of survival.
Half a day passed unnoticed as he studied the pill's essence and reasoned out the recipe. Even though he couldn't figure out all the ingredients, what he found was enough for him to understand there was nothing harmful hidden within.
After writing down the recipe for future use, Emery picked up the pill and threw it into his mouth. In a matter of seconds, he could feel a wave of warm sensation rapidly rushing through his body.
Just as he was about to relish the familiar experience he somewhat missed, Emery's attention was distracted by the appearance of a notification informing him his bloodline had received another boost.
[Calculating percentage of ancestor blood essence…]
[49% Twilight Fey Wolf essence found]
Emery's milestone to the next level seemed so close, yet he could tell that the last one percent would be the biggest hurdle yet. Not willing to stop just there, Emery brought out the half a dozen upgraded [Fey Booster Serum] that he had kept since Annara gave them to him.
He looked at the row of six serums with silverish liquid and couldn't help but feel reluctant. However, when he was reminded about the threat he would be facing in the future, Emery firmed up his decision to take a risk and consumed them all.
There it was, the combination of products concocted by the two most outstanding bloodline facilities had finally pushed through the limits of his bloodline, allowing it to undergo a qualitative breakthrough.
[Your Bloodline went through changes]
[Bloodline limit breakthrough]
Just like the previous time, the moment of breakthrough let Emery catch the glimpse of a familiar figure within his mind. The massive dark and light wolf appeared before his gaze again, standing proudly as a majestic aura encompassed its being.
This time the huge pressure he felt previously came again from above. When he looked up, the luminescence moon with majestic energy descended upon the creature, enveloping every inch of its body with its resplendent light.
[Battle power increase exponentially]
[Battle power has increased by 20 points]
[Battle power 277 (297)]
[Calculating percentage of ancestor blood essence…]
[51% Twilight Fey Wolf Essence found]
[Fey Wolf Bloodline evolved to rank 7]
[Rank 7 - Fey Paragon]
Rank 7 was only two steps below the highest rank, such level could only be found among half-bloods at the grand magus level, to finally break that boundary while still at the magus level was a huge accomplishment.
When Emery got out of the vision and returned back to reality, he found he had subconsciously transformed into his [Twilight Form].
There was a certain sensation of pain that ravaged Emery's body, forcing him to rush out of the room into the backyard of the residence, screaming at the top of his lungs as his enlarged muscles contracted and became smaller.
At the same time, the dark and white fur of the [Twilight Form] gradually turned gray. Soon enough it glowed silvery and sharp. It was as if his entire body was covered by a layer of metals. Even his blade claws felt stronger and sharper.
But it still didn't stop there. The tattoos on his body began to glow vividly with a brilliant golden light. Before Emery could wonder what this strange phenomenon was, a notification appeared in his mind to answer his question.
[You have just activated a new innate ability]
Upon activation, one's body will be covered with golden light that will grant godly strength and defense.
[Paragons's blessing has enhanced your physique]
[Battle power increased by 50]
[Battle power: 357 (407)]
Emery subconsciously clenched his fist, feeling an extraordinary sensation coursing through him. He felt powerful, extremely so.
Even though the number showed 50 points, Emery knew his body well and could tell the majority of the buff went into his strength and vitality, which were given a boost of about 70 to 80 points each.
While he was still in awe of his newfound power, Emery was startled by the arrival of his pack. Yoro, Andrei and Morgana, the bodies of the three were also glowing, though slightly dimmer than his.
Nevertheless, it meant they also received a similar blessing which greatly enhanced their strength. Apparently the blessing gave each of them around 20 to 30 battle power.
The only thing missing with Emery's current form was the ability to devour.
Besides that, Emery and his Twilight Fang were set for the Royal Hunt.
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