Lü Bu the Warlord: I do not battle injured on the battlefield often.
Lü Bu the Warlord: You better make the most out of this chance!
Pollux the Dual Swordsman: Darn!
As the sword crossed with the halberd, Pollux fell back in dismay. The demonic general took advantage and thrust the long halberd repeatedly at him. Covered with gaping wounds, Pollux parried with overwhelming efforts. If not for the reinforcements, he would have been killed by the halberd.
Soldier of Gods: Please fall back first!
Lü Bu the Warlord: Humph! So desperate to die? huh?
Pollux the Dual Swordsman: ‘Fall back? I was forced to fall back?’
Distressed, Pollux raised his sword again, but the demonic general broke the sword in his right hand with a sudden strike. With another swing, the head of the soldier was cut off. When a hail of arrows fell upon the general, he spun his halberd to parry and laughed crazily.
Pollux the Dual Swordsman: ‘Darn! If it was Castor fighting—’
Pollux decided to give it a shot. He took out the olive-wood amulet of Osiris and stabbed it into his left eye hardly. As Pollux roared in pain, Castor’s soul came out from the amulet and took control of Pollux body.
Taurus: Pollux, you’re too strong. The Demons are all afraid of you.
Pollux: I don’t deserve such praise.
Court of Sagittarius - Hertz: No, it may actually be a problem.
Taurus: It may be true. If we tell people that you’re here,
Taurus: even those who are just a little bit cowardly will run away.
Pollux: That’s great, isn’t it?
Court of Sagittarius - Hertz: No, scaring them off will just bring us troubles in the future.
Taurus: No one among the Courts can keep themselves hidden...
Court of Sagittarius - Hertz: It’s not my fault. Go to complain about it before the astralists.
Pollux: ‘Castor, is it that we hated the Demons too much?’
Castor: ‘Maybe? But isn’t it normal to wipe out all Demons as soon as possible?’
Pollux: ‘Now that you say it,’
Pollux: ‘I can feel the desire to complete a mission as soon as possible...’
Since the moment he summoned the soul of his brother with Osiris’s Amulet, he might have to do something for Osiris even though he was the lord of the Court of Gemini.
After investigation, Pollux found Osiris’s shrine in the depths of the spiritual beast territory...
Pollux: I’ve heard that Osiris has been searching for souls of the deceased here—
Castor: ‘Let’s deal with these irritable souls first before we find Osiris.’
Castor: ‘These souls are difficult to handle. They just keep coming.’
Osiris, God of the Afterlife: Although done violently, you did rid me of my troubles.
Osiris, God of the Afterlife: In return, I shall postpone your brother’s “due date.”
Castor: ‘What’s happening? Who’s talking to you?’
Pollux: Osiris promised that he will postpone your “due date”...
Castor: ‘Did that jerk treat me as a soul of the deceased too?’
Castor: ‘I am totally different from those shattered souls!’
Pollux: That’s right!
His brother was not dead. Pollux kept reminding himself in his heart. They were living within the same body and sharing the power with which they could even intervene with souls of the deceased—
The lake water was ink-blue. Pollux gazed at the lake as he waited for Castor’s signal.
Castor: ‘I've found it! Over there!’
Pollux dove into the water. As he could not see through the watery darkness, he could only move according to Castor’s instructions. ^ To prevent the Demons' capture of the elves' power, the Courts of Zodiacs led their soldiers against their Demon counterparts. A bloodbath ensued, and Court of Aries perished in the fighting.
Castor: ‘Quick! I can see a lot of elves gathering by Court of Aries' side!’
Pollux: ‘Go away, souls of the deceased is not your food!’
Soul of Aries: ‘Thank you, Castor. And I can finally see you.’
Castor: ‘Humph! Don’t think you and I are comparable.’
Pollux brought Court of Aries’ body back to shore and from the other side of the lake, Poppy immediately came running. She stopped and knelt down before the body, and silently held her fallen mentor in her embrace. ^ Pollux was watching her quietly, but Castor was thinking about what Aries had said.
Soul of Aries: ‘Castor, the power of Osiris has long been gone.’
Soul of Aries: ‘It is the Astralists which preserve your soul.’
Soul of Aries: ‘The power of constellations has been working for you,’
Soul of Aries: ‘and that is why the two of you would feel that your power is endless.’
At this moment, the soldiers who had looked for the Court of Aries gathered. They stood in silent tribute next to his body.
Castor: ‘Pollux, if I must leave one day—’
Pollux: ‘Castor, do you remember what the demonic general said?’
As time passed by, the Courts of Zodiacs became increasingly lively. The newly inaugurated brought more power to the courts and relieved some of Pollux’s workload, which gave him time to seek alleviation for the constellational power's side effects. ^ One time, Pollux arrived at a remote forest where he met an elf witch. The witch bowed before him in respect with an enchanting smile.
Witch of the Shadowy Night: Your Honor, my clan has lived in seclusion for many years,
Witch of the Shadowy Night: and we have committed little evil. Please let us off.
Pollux: Witch of the shadowy night,
Pollux: do you really think I don’t know what you and your clan have done?
Witch of the Shadowy Night: But, look at me—
The night elf spread out her hand. Her bony claws fell feebly.
Witch of the Shadowy Night: Can you not see that I am working hard to make amends?
Pollux: I can’t make a unilateral decision when it comes to the Courts’ affairs...
Castor: ‘Pollux, how can you reject the request from a lady?’
Pollux: Well... Alright, let’s find out with a little test.
Witch of the Shadowy Night: Good, so what should I do?
The night elf stretched lightly as Pollux drew out his twin blade and Castor embodied his spiritual hands.
Pollux: We need your help.
The footsteps of a melog was approaching. A powerful god was on an obsidian throne, served by a group of human priest. The mobile throne stopped before the Pollux and the elf as the god gazed at them arrogantly and blamed them.
Loki the Everlasting Sinner: How dare you night elf lead my people away!
Witch of the Shadowy Night: Loki, your insanity has gone too far. The fun is over.
Loki the Everlasting Sinner: Leave us alone, the man from Zodiac Courts!
Loki the Everlasting Sinner: It’s none of your business!
Castor: ‘The souls next to him are all crying. What a poor man!’
Pollux: Loki, I can only stop you.
Loki the Everlasting Sinner: You’re indeed strong, but still, you are no match for me.
Pollux: To defeat you, two people may not be enough.
Pollux: But fortunately we have three
Lilith the Master Alchemist: Please don’t... I am just a minion...
Loki the Everlasting Sinner: Why... Why are all of you going against me?
Pollux: I have once heard a savant said,
Pollux: pain is released because your heart want you to understand life.
Castor: ‘I remember the sentence. It was said by the savant in exile.’
Witch of the Shadowy Night: To understand life? It is really something only a big shot would say.
Witch of the Shadowy Night: It is done, my dear Court.
Pollux rose from the boulder. Although he was still wracked with pain due to the injuries caused by Loki, he managed to move again after being treated by the night elf. Gnomes came forth, wanting to help Pollux up, but he refused.
Pollux: Alright, let’s see your companions.
Castor: ‘Why don’t you ask who her master is?’
Pollux: ‘Can’t you find the answer?’
Witch of the Shadowy Night: My lord, we still have one more friend.
Pollux: I know, but have he learnt from his past experience?
Witch of the Shadowy Night: What?
Pollux: Let’s go. Bring me to that unyielding king.