Chapter 1072: Return of the Dragon
A pure, dazzling white radiance erupted, enfolding the world completely. Rhode instinctively extended his arm to cover his eyes from the brilliance. However, he realized he wasn’t in control of his body. At the next moment, he felt as though he was being dragged by an unknown force and flew out in a ‘swish’, sinking into darkness and losing his consciousness.
After an unknown while, he opened his eyes slowly. What came into view was the usual sky and land in the Void Territory.
It seems like I made it back safely. But…
Rhode shrugged and shook his head at this thought. He wasn’t aware of what exactly happened in the end. After he became the Void Dragon, he never lost his consciousness. What he did back then was only summoning a card spirit and this shouldn’t have happened.
Forget it, since it is already done and dusted… Hmm?
At this moment, he discovered that something was amiss; his body was as though no longer a material existence and had become illusory instead. He extended his arms and could vaguely see through them as though he were a ghost. This scene felt somewhat familiar and unfamiliar at the same time because in the game, he had experienced it several times. The feeling of unfamiliarity struck him as this was his first time encountering this after transmigrating to this world. The reason was simple. This was the spiritual state after a player was killed.
“What in the world… what’s going on?”
Rhode was baffled at this scene. He didn’t expect to be defeated, or get insta-killed, in this case. Rhode summoned the system interface quickly at this thought and as expected, most of his skills and talents were grayed out, unusable, and only a few functions were available. However, this didn’t affect him too much because what he was most concerned about was why he became a spirit for no apparent reason. But… he decided to see if he could still return to his actual body in this spiritual form.
He looked to the left and right at this thought. This should be the place where he fought Cassidy earlier on. Logically, even if he died, his corpse should be nearby. But at this moment, he heard a familiar voice.
“Big Brother, you’re finally awake.”
“Phew… I’m so glad you’re still here. That’s a relief. What exactly…”
Upon hearing his younger sister’s voice, Rhode let out a sigh of relief. He shook his head and turned toward her. Then, he was stupefied as standing before him was the beautiful woman whom he missed dearly. The identical face that had turned pale due to the pester of sickness, as well as the long, silky black hair… Everything seemed just so familiar. But what surprised him was that his younger sister actually possessed her own body! What’s going on?
“Seems like we were fooled by Cassidy, Big Brother.”
Facing Rhode’s astonished expression, the young lady said, forcing a smile and shaking her head helplessly. After hearing her explanations, Rhode finally figured out what happened exactly. The moment he used [Spirit Language] to awaken Cassidy, she restored to perfect conditions. But this was where the problem started. Just like how one couldn’t possibly create something from nothing, even though Cassidy possessed the perfect core, she was a soul fragment, after all. Just like other summoning spirits, other parts of her had to be replenished by Rhode’s spiritual powers. And this was where the problem arose.
If Rhode was a complete Creator Dragon, all of his rules would belong to him and naturally there wouldn’t be any issues. But the problem was that he wasn’t a complete Creator Dragon. The main reason why he was able to become a Creator Dragon was that when the former Void Dragon incarnated into the real world, she accidentally transferred too much power into Rhode’s body. Although Rhode used his younger sister’s soul fragment to replenish his strength, the Void Dragon’s power still belonged to his younger sister and was not ‘created originally’ by him. It was due to this that this power of the void came from the same source as the power of void used to create Cassidy, which caused a resonance and led to Rhode being affected by Cassidy’s power of contrast. Coincidentally, his younger sister’s soul fragment was inside his body as his second soul. As a result, both of them swapped places to the influence of the power of contrast. Rhode was forcefully turned into a spirit, while his younger sister appeared as a human. It could also be said that their roles had completely switched around.
“Tsk, how unfortunate.”
Rhode tutted. He always acted with caution and didn’t expect to meet with this unexpected failure. This left him incomparably depressed. But when he lifted his head, he realized his younger sister was smiling and gazing at him.
“The fact that I’m here means you’re really fortunate in this misfortune, Big Brother.”
“What do you mean?”
“Have you forgotten that Cassidy’s power of contrast is really powerful, Big Brother? If I’m not around, it won’t be as simple as switching our roles already. When that happens, things would have changed.”
Rhode was speechless upon hearing his younger sister’s answer. He puckered his brows and imagined the scene of him becoming a woman. Since it was ‘contrast’, not only would his gender change, but his personality and likings would also change. If that happened…
Oh, my goodness!
The thought of him possibly turning into a gentle, delicate woman who liked men sent chills down his spine. At the same time, it gave him a new understanding of the ‘dangers’ in this operation. But now, it seemed to him that this result was somewhat decent? If Marlene, Alice, and others were also fooled and turned into men… Rhode didn’t dare to continue imagining. Fortunately, that would only show up in his imagination and wouldn’t overwrite the truth. Despite that…
“Is there any way to restore everything?”
Even though it was great that his younger sister owned a physical body now, it was an entirely different matter now that he didn’t own one. If they both possessed bodies, Rhode could do as many things with her as he wished. But now… he scanned his ‘body’ and realized that he couldn’t even ‘pleasure’ himself even if he wanted to. But after some serious thoughts, it seemed to him that pleasuring himself was also quite a pitiful and tragic act.
“The authority is still in my hands for now. But as I’m a soul fragment, I don’t possess too much power. So after a while, when I can’t maintain this form anymore, you can summon Cassidy and use her power of contrast to switch us back.”
“It seems like this is the only way.”
Upon hearing his younger sister’s answer, Rhode pondered for a few moments helplessly. Then, he nodded in melancholy before quickly recalling something really troublesome. And that was…
“Are we going to head back like this?”
“… And this was what happened.”
Sitting on the chair, the younger lady explained everything with a gentle smile. Of course, that included her identity and relationship with Rhode. After hearing her explanation, everyone was oddly surprised. Not only Canary and Mini Bubble Gum, who were extremely familiar with Rhode in the game or reality, astonished, but Alice, who was familiar with the former Void Dragon, also revealed a baffled expression after hearing their experiences. On the other hand, Christie maintained a calm expression as she sat by the side. Since Christie accepted the seed of life from her and Rhode, she naturally understood the former Void Dragon more.
“I didn’t expect Leader to have such a past… with his younger sister and his younger sister is the BOSS of another world… Oh-oh-oh, this is amazing!”
Unlike Mini Bubble Gum who had delusions of grandeur at her peak, Canary’s reaction was much calmer. Canary gazed at the young lady with complicated emotions and after a few moments, nodded slightly. Facing Canary’s gaze, the young lady smiled casually.
“I’m aware of your existence, Big Sister Canary. Thanks for accompanying Big Brother back then. Even though your relationship with him was… well, I know that Big Brother was glad to have you by his side.”
“Erm… Your Majesty?”
At this moment, Marlene put a weird look as she gazed at the young lady. Right now, her identity was somewhat in an awkward spot. As Margaret’s reincarnation, Marlene inherited her wisdom and memories after awakening, which included memories of the former Void Dragon. But strictly speaking, Marlene was closer to Rhode and didn’t transform back to Margaret entirely after her awakening. If not, Marlene would be putting up an emotionless face and saying ‘plan, pass’ at the drop of a hat. Unlike Canary, who hadn’t interacted with the Void Dragon in the past, and Alice, who had an intimate relationship with the Void Dragon, Marlene was in an intricate place. Although she was respectful of the Void Dragon before her, she was more worried about Rhode.
“May I know if Rhode is…”
“Just a few days and Rhode will be restored to his original state. Is anything the matter?”
Even though Rhode could immediately summon Cassidy and place her into one of the Ten Strongest Spirit Decks, he didn’t choose to do that due to some kind of dark psychology. Instead, he sealed up Cassidy’s card and decided to summon her after he was able to restore his original state. It seemed like deep inside him, he was still dissatisfied with Cassidy for ‘fooling’ him, even though she might not have done it on purpose.
Upon sensing the young lady’s gaze, Marlene hesitated, before eventually speaking.
“Earlier on, I received news from the moon princess regarding the ‘accidental clash’ that happened in the Void Territory. She hopes to have a detailed talk with Rhode…”