Chapter 40: Fate's Choice
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I'm Really Not the Demon God's Lackey Chapter 40: Fate's Choice

Wilde once had two disciples. This was when he was still an ordinary Pandemonium-rank black magician and even before he got the name 'Faceless Black-scaled Man'.

As the source of a black magician's power was through language, it was extremely rare for self-taught black magicians to emerge. Practically all black magicians had their own teachers.

Language had to be spread via communication. Accuracy of pronunciation would determine the resonance with the aether as well as the strength of the incantation. This also signified that the passing on of skills amongst black magicians required a great deal of communication.

Without a responsible teacher to hold one's hand and provide face-to-face guidance, self-taught black magicians would only be able to exhibit some shoddy incantations such as 'Slippery Ground' and 'Candle Extinguishing'.

Who could imagine that the true form of such piteous incantations were actually 'Corrosive Swamp' and 'Windbound Seal'?

Moreover, compared with the tightly wrapped writing and sigils of white magicians, black magician's languages had the lowest learning threshold amongst extraordinary beings. The only requirement needed was just 'producing a sound'.

This was the reason why there were so many black magicians of the lower rungs that were completely insignificant. It was little wonder that the Church of the Dome blacklisted black magicians from treatment due to how broke they generally were.

Black magicians without rank yet did grunt jobs for other factions were a dime a dozen.

However, because of this black magician tradition of imparting, the relationship between a truly reliable teacher and student was extremely close. Most of the time, the trust between teacher and student was even greater than blood ties.

Wilde naturally had his own teacher as well.

One of the three Supreme-rank black magicians in the Truth Union's rankings list. 'Ancient King of Sacred Sound', 'Black Emperor', 'Dragon Linguist', 'Last Descendant of Giants'— Slater Augustus.

It was really difficult to keep track of how many apprentices this legendary black magician had mentored. However, one thing was certain. All of the black magicians he mentored eventually became reputable powerhouses.

Wilde had always thought himself fortunate that a person of insignificant status like himself could become the student of such a great being.

His final graduation piece was the stone gargoyle he had presented to Lin Jie.

Wilde remembered the overwhelming gratitude he felt all those years ago when he went before his aged teacher to present his final work.

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Special thanks to Tetra & Aco for editing and pr-ing

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