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IRNDGL - Chapter 114: Two Secret Letters

Out of caution, Ji Zhixiu didn't immediately check the contents of the letters.

Since this was a box sealed by a white magician, it was possible those letters were too. She would be falling into a trap if there were sigils on them as well.

Like the books in the bookstore, a white magician's sigils also possessed the power to affect the minds and souls of those who even glanced at them.

Ji Zhixiu stared at the two letters in her hands, her expression grave.

In the dim light of the bookstore, she momentarily lost herself in thought.

The fact that Heris placed them in the box containing the original formula suggests that the letters must have been important, or even on par with the formula.

However, the sordid blood formulation already represented the basis of a hunter organization as well as the source of all the hunter's power. 

Putting herself in the shoes of a hunter, as well as the founder of a hunter organization, Ji Zhixiu couldn't imagine anything that could match the importance of a sordid blood formula for a leader.

Much less two letters.

What Ji Zhixiu found strange was that these two letters could be destroyed to keep the contents secret and there wouldn't be a need to hide them away in this box.

As a hunter on the verge of reaching Destructive-rank, Heris couldn't have been so forgetful that he would need to read the letter so often to remember its contents.

Ji Zhixiu had some suspicions, but as her thoughts flowed, a notion popped up in her mind and it got stronger by the minute.

Unless... The source of the original formula is written on this letter!

Ji Zhixiu's heart pounded rapidly and she licked her lips subconsciously. She glanced at Lin Jie and saw that the bookstore owner had picked up a book to read and wasn't paying any heed.

Since there was no activity from the bookstore owner, did it mean that it was... safe?

Ji Zhixiu nodded slowly, taking it as a sort of tacit approval from Lin Jie. However, her face darkened after she picked the letters and read them.

The two letters were written exactly 30 years apart.

And they were both sent from the same place.

— The same faint, red watermark, a symbol of a sword and a surrounding spiral of flame, was printed on both letters.

These letters were sent to the same person.

—The Heris from 30 years ago who had just become a hunter, and the White Wolf leader Heris from 30 years later.

Heris was once very famous amongst hunters.

This was partly due to the White Wolf's steady growth in the three decades of his leadership, and partly because of his strength and intelligence.

Even though Heris ultimately met a horrid demise, it couldn't erase any of his former glory.

Most importantly, he had started from nothing, a nameless hunter without any background who inadvertently obtained the original formula and climbed to where he was.

However, nobody knew where he got the original formula from.

Most people put this as a 'fortuitous occurrence,’ since it had happened quite a long time ago and it was very difficult to know what had happened unless they were the ones involved.

Also, nobody truly bothered with such a tiny detail.

But right now, Ji Zhixiu finally understood exactly how Heris had gotten his formula...

Thirty years ago, this letter and the original formula had found its way to Heris.

On the letter, it wrote: Accept it and the dealings between us are established. Henceforth, a powerful hunter organization will rise and you no longer have to be trash sitting on the corner.

We guarantee that there isn't anything wrong with the formula and no one will find any problems with it. All you need to do is inject yourself with the sordid blood to gain your power.

Whether the name Heris goes down in history trampled on in the dirt or dazzles like the stars in the sky... Only you can decide it.

Thirty years ago, such enticing words in the letter made their way to a young and poor youth who had just become a hunter.

And from what came after, it was evident that Heris accepted this deal and eventually became the leader of White Wolf.

However, there was no such thing as a free lunch. Surely, there would be a hidden price to pay involved, which would also be the reason why this mysterious organization had given the formula to Heris in the first place.

"So this is the true origin of White Wolf." Ji Zhixiu's eyes narrowed. An organization that could casually give the formula to a small and obscure hunter definitely possessed fearsome power. 

However, she had never seen the watermark on this letter before, which meant that they kept themselves very well hidden.

The other letter, which was only sent recently, had a very simple content.

In seven days, a magic ovum mirror will be released from the dream realm at 27th Avenue. Acquire it and you will obtain the opportunity to rise to Destructive-rank.

Ji Zhixiu's pupils contracted. This was where information about the Magic Ovum Mirror came from!

And at that time, Heris wasn't going to get rid of the Magic Ovum Mirror. From the beginning, his intention was to acquire and use it to rise up to Destructive-rank.

However, he never imagined that the ending of his story would be rewritten the moment he touched it.

This mysterious organization must have made Heris do other things in these thirty years, grooming him every step of the way before leading him towards destruction.

Heris had only placed this letter along with the original letter into this box. Could he have already foreseen his impending demise and thus kept these two letters hoping to expose this organization...

Or rather, drag them down along with himself in his desperation.

Ji Zhixiu recalled the deranged manner of Heris, arms raised in the last moments of the rain.

It was hard to imagine what exactly was going on in his mind at that time.

Between sobriety and madness, discovering that he was a mere puppet, a pitiful creature manipulated by fate... yet could only rush towards that gigantic rain god...

Out of respect, Lin Jie didn't peek at the contents of the box. However, he could see the expression on Ji Zhixiu's face.

Incredulity, followed by enlightenment, then turning into panic and pity appeared on her face.

Lin Jie raised an eyebrow, as he imagined the twists and turns of the plot.

It seems like the scumbag who intentionally cheated Miss Ji's feelings had quite the complicated background.

"Gang criminal activity?" Lin Jie put down his book as he displayed his life mentor, chicken soup distributor and relationship guru side for himself and asked with a tad of curiosity, "He was being instructed like a chess piece, with greater benefits behind it all, am I right?

“Looks like your revenge is far from concluded..." 

BeetleBarker's Notes:


Special thanks to Tetra & Aco for editing and pr-ing
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IRNDGL Manhua translation by Zeroscans
Written by Great Calamity Of Fire (万劫火). Translated by BeetleBarker.