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Guidance of the Stars - John
Monster(s) Soul
Cost
Name Attribute Stamina Rounds
361i362i819i Refine1:50
Refine2:150
Refine3:300
Refine4:500
I - Singing in the Shadows SI020SI017 20 2
II - Pincers Extruded SI020 20 2
III - Assassins in Close Quarters SI020 20 2
IV - Twisted Kindness SI019 20 2

085i
I - Singing in the Shadows

Stamina 20 Battle 2 Exp 0
Ally:
279iLv.MaxCD: 10
Wave Monster Attack CD HP Defence Loot Note
1
079iBlazing Lizard Warrior

100

2 2 1,000,000 No SI163 Symbiosis
085iEbony Lizard Warrior

100

2 4 1,000,000 No SI163 Symbiosis
2
078iRed Lizard Warrior

200

2 2 1,000,000 No SI163 Symbiosis
084iDark Lizard Warrior

200

2 4 1,000,000 No SI163 Symbiosis
078iRed Lizard Warrior

200

2 2 1,000,000 No SI163 Symbiosis
084iDark Lizard Warrior

200

2 4 1,000,000 No SI163 Symbiosis
Story

【Beginning】
The curtain of night covered the city. John held a heavily wounded man in his arms. From the chest down, the man was stained red by his own blood.

-1002i Man: John, remember. Darkness is your loyal friend...
361i John the Shadow Assassin: I understand, teacher! I will never let you down again!

The man closed his eyes. John held his tears back while holding his teacher’s hand, humming the nursery rhyme he always sang...

361i John the Shadow Assassin: ‘Who killed the robin? I did.’
361i John the Shadow Assassin: ‘The sparrow says, I killed the robin, with my bow and arrow—’
340i Guard: He’s there!

The guards opened the door of the abandoned house. In the dark, they cautiously searched through the house. Suddenly a “swish” whooshed into their ears and the leading guard’s head was detached from his body. The other guards stepped back in fear. John’s voice echoed inside the house, humming the nursery rhyme. The sharp arm blade cut off another head—

【Before Battles】

361i John the Shadow Assassin: ‘Who killed the robin—’
340i Guard: Stay away from me!


【End】

361i John the Shadow Assassin: ‘When the knell sounded for the poor robin, all the birds in the air sobbed.’

Walking away from his teacher’s body, John’s figure faded into the darkness of an alley, only his weeping voice lingering...

397i
II - Pincers Extruded

Stamina 20 Battle 2 Exp 0
Ally:
279iLv.MaxCD: 10
Wave Monster Attack CD HP Defence Loot Note
1
396iThe Unjust Soldier

99,999

8(8) 100 10 No SI035 5 Dark Rune Shield
2
397iLü Bu the Warlord

99,999

8(8) 100 10 No SI035 6 Dark Rune Shield
Story

【Beginning】
After slaying the one hundredth person, John started seriously counting his kills.
Once, when John was about to decapitate a man with his arm blade, he found himself intrigued by the target’s expression as he asked for mercy. He cut off his legs. John found the man’s bloodcurdling scream delighting. He then kept torturing the man until he was on the verge of death. But he was not content, he wanted more of the screams. Suddenly, a voice rung in his head...

383i The Dark Astralist: Do not indulge yourself in the pleasure from others’ pain.

A certain power flushed into John’s body, bringing him back to his sanity. The gore appalled him. Endless killing would only cause his fall...Since then, John would meditate beside a frozen lake at regular intervals, calming his mind with the ice water.
As time passed, he became noted for his fighting skills. The Gods’ general invited John to join as an assassin specifically recruited to bring down Demons. He thought this might be the chance to reach a balance: killing “diabolical” demons as a reminder to himself not to fall into blood lust.
In just a short period of time, his renown spread through the army of Gods. The God general felt threatened because of this and hence sent him on a mission to assassinate a formidable Demon general.

-1002i God General: John, this is your target.

Looking at the picture of the Demon general, John knew that it was a tough mission...Then, he realized what his superior intended. However, to an assassin, nothing mattered but the death of the target.

361i John the Shadow Assassin: Understood.

John took the command and vanished from the camp.

【Before Battles】

397i Lü Bu the Warlord: It seems like your superiors do want to get rid of you.
397i Lü Bu the Warlord: You know your stuff. How about coming over to us?


【End】

397i Lü Bu the Warlord: You’re really good. I’ll give you one more chance. Join us!

John looked at the Demon general coldly. He had slashed the enemy over a thousand times with his arm blade, but not a single trace of the attack could be seen on the general.

397i Lü Bu the Warlord: So you’re not giving up. Then die!

When the Demon general attacked, John blended into the shadow. The heavily injured assassin retreated from the camp of Demons and began a long escape. Consciousness blurred, he ran into the Cancer Court, collapsing in front of an altar. Smell of blood woke the Astralist of Cancer...

-1002i Astralist of Cancer: Poor child!

The Astralist used the power of constellations to suppress the spread of the Demon general’s blood, but John did not return to his consciousness. The blood contaminated him, and claws and horns grew out of his body. The Astralist channeled more power into him. John felt the power of constellations fighting against the demon’s blood and discovered that it was the same power which helped him calm in the past.

-1002i Astralist of Cancer: My boy, I know what you have been through...
-1002i Astralist of Cancer: Are you willing to devote your life and shoulder my responsibilities?
361i John the Shadow Assassin: Yes, I am. Your wish shall be my command!

369i
III - Assassins in Close Quarters

Stamina 20 Battle 2 Exp 0
Ally:
279iLv.MaxCD: 10
Wave Monster Attack CD HP Defence Loot Note
1
490iThe Pawn of Darkness

780

2(2) 47,760 10 No SI241 Fusion Shield - LD
2
369iAlma the Sickle Assassin

99,999

5(4) 10 151,739 No SI167 Double Attack
Story

【Beginning】
John followed the Astralist. The Astralist of Cancer instructed him on the ways of channeling constellational power. With his talent, he mastered the skill in no time. On a day when John was doing his routine training, a silvery light suddenly flashed at him. John swiftly moved from where he stood, only to see a giant scorpion sting piercing through the place.

369i Alma the Sickle Assassin: Die!

From the clothes of the attacker, John knew that she was sent by the Gods to eliminate him...

362i John: Stop it. You’ve been deceived!
369i Alma the Sickle Assassin: You wish for mercy?
362i John: Listen to me first...


【Before Battles】

369i Alma the Sickle Assassin: Die!


【Enemy Dialog】

362i John: You are deceived!
362i John: They have manipulated you to purge dissidents from the army of Gods.
369i Alma the Sickle Assassin: Nonsense!


【End】
Seeing it not possible to dissuade the assassin, John brought down his opponent with his giant claw and vanished into the shadows. After the fight, he had no doubt that the Gods’ general was a selfish imbecile and there would be more of foolishness coming. He sneaked back into his old camp and discovered that the general had no concern for his men’s survival

-1002i God General: Fight! Fight till your death! Fight even when you’re dead!

John felt his anger surge from within. However, to protect the soldiers, he assassinated his enemies’ commander before returning stealthily to slay the Gods’ general. Then, he returned to the Cancer Court...

-1002i Astralist of Cancer: John, you know everything now.
362i John: Sorry, my teacher...
-1002i Astralist of Cancer: I am not blaming you; you actually helped me.
362i John: I don’t understand.
-1002i Astralist of Cancer: My duty is almost done. You will succeed the Court-hood of Cancer.
362i John: My teacher, you...
-1002i Astralist of Cancer: I had asked you whether you would shoulder my responsibilites.
-1002i Astralist of Cancer: From the moment you accepted, you have become the Court’s successor.
-1002i Astralist of Cancer: Witnessing what you did, I am now more certain of your suitability.

Since then, John became the Court of Cancer, always monitoring generals of Gods. If they undervalued their men’s lives, his claw would be waiting to tear them apart.

364i
IV - Twisted Kindness

Stamina 20 Battle 2 Exp 0
Ally:
279iLv.MaxCD: 10
Wave Monster Attack CD HP Defence Loot Note
1
363iGalio the Broad Swordsman

99,999

5(5) 100 10 No SI244 Fusion Shield - Quint
2
364iCourt of Leo - Galio

(2341)
2341

3(3) 100 174,900 No SI160 First Strike
Story

【Beginning】
Zeus decided to strike and break the tower linking the two realms. Before, the Gods had appointed the Courts of Zodiacs the heavy responsibility of protecting the realm of Human. The Courts, naturally, did not refuse. Only John, the new successor as the Court of Cancer, had questions.

362i Court of Cancer - John: ‘The Courts of Zodiacs was always given few responsibilities.’
362i Court of Cancer - John: ‘Now a sudden duty...Could something have happened in heaven?’

When the savant appointed a new Court of the Zodiac from heaven, John deliberately led the savant to the edge of the Court. To learn the answer from the savant, he half-asked and half-demanded the reason behind...

738i Savant of Spring: Honorable John, I certainly know the reason.
738i Savant of Spring: But do you agree to answer my questions in return?

John nodded at him. The young savant stretched out his hand and John shook it without hesitation. A glowing sign appeared on the back of two’s shaking hands.

738i Savant of Spring: Constellations witness this vow.
738i Savant of Spring: After you, Honorable John.
362i Court of Cancer - John: Why separate heaven from the realm of Human?
738i Savant of Spring: A number of Demons had intruded heaven by unknown means...
738i Savant of Spring: Although they were driven back, Zeus would not allow this to happen again.
738i Savant of Spring: He had issued this decree for this purpose,
738i Savant of Spring: to eliminate any possibilities of this from happening — at least superficially.
362i Court of Cancer - John: Then on the genuine—
738i Savant of Spring: My turn, Honorable John.
738i Savant of Spring: What is your true doubt?
362i Court of Cancer - John: Why should I tell you?
738i Savant of Spring: Because of our vow.

The rune on the back of his hand glowed. The memories of killing on orders came to mind. The rules he had been following...

362i Court of Cancer - John: Why...Why did the Astralist use its power to change me?
362i Court of Cancer - John: A bloodthirsty monster like me —
738i Savant of Spring: Evil is actually the result of virtue being tortured by one’s thirst.
738i Savant of Spring: Do you not feel content after stopping evil?
362i Court of Cancer - John: What if I returned onto that path? What if I restlessly tortured people again...
738i Savant of Spring: You will not, because tenderness is more alluring than gore.
738i Savant of Spring: As to my last question...Can I ask you for a favor instead?

John nodded again and the runes on the back of their hands faded. An odd feeling spread out from his heart, the vague feeling of enlightenment and release mixed with an indistinct sense of dissatisfaction...

738i Savant of Spring: I am sending the bloated Leo to you, please deflate him a little.
362i Court of Cancer - John: Mr. Mimir, You know we do not work for anyone.
738i Savant of Spring: What if this is a friend’s request?
362i Court of Cancer - John: You want to be my friend?
362i Court of Cancer - John: Mr. Mimir, please remember that friends only serve as tools for assassins —
738i Savant of Spring: ...and a necessary sanctuary, is it not?


【Before Battles】

364i Court of Leo - Galio: I know of your reputation.
362i Court of Cancer - John: Thank —
364i Court of Leo - Galio: That was not a compliment...
364i Court of Leo - Galio: ...but praise for me when I defeat you.


【After Battles】

364i Court of Leo - Galio: So this is the power of constellations...
362i Court of Cancer - John: You’re a quick learner.
362i Court of Cancer - John: ‘Just like me —’


【End】
John grew familiar with the Courts as the time he had spent with the Courts grew, and he could not help but admire the meritorious lords of Zodiacs. Poppy commuted to the realm of Humans with unmatched vigor; although Pollux was mysterious, there was no problem he cannot resolve; the well built Armstrong was reliable and led the Courts on numerous missions, while Persephone may look like a naive girl, she actually had the most clarity in thought among the Courts.

326i Statue of God of the Sun: Court of Cancer, the Demons —
362i Court of Cancer - John: Understood.

The Astralist assigned another mission. Now John could understand the Astralist’s words by reading the constellations. He could even perceive vague images from them, like seeing his mission target through the magic eyes on statues.
John once asked the Court of Sagittarius for advice:

372i Court of Sagittarius - Hertz: Unless you let me cut open your head for a look, I have no way of knowing.
362i Court of Cancer - John: ...Ha, ha! You are so humorous...
372i Court of Sagittarius - Hertz: Astralists and Courts of Zodiacs affect each other.
372i Court of Sagittarius - Hertz: Only you can understand the Astralist of Cancer.

Hence John did not dwell on to the matter. He worked alone like before and observed the realm of Human with the eyes of constellations. He hid in the dark and eliminated uncaptured evil with his blade as he used to.
John knew from his heart that he was never virtuous. He just happened to be embraced by people of virtue —

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