"What's so special about that gown?" Lucifer couldn't find anything special in that, other than it being slightly thicker. However, since everyone looked at the gown in amazement, he had a feeling that they knew something he didn't.
"The Gown of Ice Queen is the treasure from Rayi's home world. If I were to give a comparison, it would be equivalent to my father's most prized treasure. My father doesn't even let me touch that treasure. Apparently, her mother didn't have any such restriction," Ron explained. "She would probably have some nice advantage going forward. It'll be fun."
"I realize that something is special about that gown, but what? That was my question. What can that gown do?" Lucifer repeated the question, getting even more curious about the gown.
"Absolute Freeze and absolute Defence," Ron answered.
"That means she is completely immune to attacks as long as she's in that gown. It's not called one of the top five treasures in the world for no reason. Because these treasures are so special, many bandits or Families want them. That's why it's surprising that a young girl was allowed to bring something like that here."
"Maybe because her mother thought that this place was safe? It's still somewhat amusing. Just to give her daughter a better chance of Victory, her family risked their treasure. If it's stolen or she is kidnapped, I can only imagine the commotion that'll happen."
Almost all the participants knew what a big deal it was. Even some of the moderators were amazed. It was as if even they didn't know about her possessing a treasure like that.
The old man stepped out behind Rayi. He was the only one who knew about this. He had also expected this reaction from the other students.
He was sure that the participants were going to call him biased since he allowed their own uniforms to be worn in the final, despite knowing what Raayi brought with her. He wasn't wrong either. Many people were thinking that, including Lucifer himself.
The sudden change in rules... It appeared to be something that could give an advantage to Rayi.
On one side, there was Ron, who wore something that made battles harder for him. On the other, there was Rayi, who wore something that removed all the Challenges in a sense.
"You said the Gown makes her completely immune to attacks? I'm sure there must be a way to defeat her even with the Gown. If the Gown were actually invincible, her mother would've been the Queen of the Star Alliance and the entire universe, just based on that treasure."
"Of course, the gown isn't invincible. It's only near invincible," Ron responded. "The gown has two forms of defense. Close range, and long-range."
"If someone attacks from close range and touches her when she's wearing the gown, they are affected by Absolute Freeze. And by Absolute Freeze, yes, I meant the same that we faced on top of the Mountain. For ones like us, that means instant loss."
"What about long range attacks?"
"The gown protects her from long-range attacks through a protection Barrier. That barrier is the weakest link and the weakness of the gown. If the barrier is broken, long range attacks can hit Rayi."
"However, breaking that barrier isn't easy. The strength of the barriers is almost the same as the strength of defense barriers used by the Star Alliance ships that are given to Captain Rank Members. I'm sure that should be enough to give you an idea why the Gown is called a near invincible treasure."
"You said your father has a similar treasure? Is that also as strong?"
"Yeah, something like that. But my father's Worldly Treasure isn't for defense like that gown. His Treasure is purely for the offense. Maybe that's why I'm not allowed to touch it until I take the throne."
"Anyway, that aside, the finals will certainly be interesting, to say the least. You'll be there. Then Rayi will be there with that Gown. I'm so glad I came here! This was exactly what I was looking for! Winning here would be worth it!"
"If you want Challenge, shouldn't you not give any handicap?" Lucifer asked, noticing the attire of Ron. "For challenges, the strongest of yours need to fight the strongest enemies. Is there even any challenge in that when you weaken yourself? Isn't that insulting the challengers and, in turn, insulting yourself?"
He didn't even know if the finals were going to be about battles, but still, he felt that Ron wasn't receiving what he wanted.
"Hmm? You know what this does? And here I thought you didn't know what all these attires were. Anyway, you're partially right. I'm indeed underestimating my opponents, but I won't underestimate you or Rayi. When it's your turn, I won't have this shirt and robe. You'll get the strongest of me against the strongest of you. So you don't need to worry about that."
"I won't make it that easy for you, my friend."
"It seems everyone is here." The old man counted all the youngsters. "Good."
He started rising in the air and flew into the distance. The other Moderators also flew behind him, taking the youngsters with them as well.
For some reason, everyone started rising higher and higher into the sky, which stunned the youngsters. Why were they going to the sky instead?
Even after flying high in the sky, they didn't stop. They reached the atmosphere of the world and passed it as well. It was only after everyone reached the world's barrier that the old man stopped.
Lucifer looked back at the world, confused. Why were they brought here? He wondered if they were made to leave because of Mander's death? But if that was the case, how could he get Gabriel with him? That was the question in his head. He needed to go back to the world if they were indeed being made to leave.
On one side of the barrier, the old man and the youngsters floated. On the other side, there was a massive ship, seemingly waiting for them.
"Are we going back home?" One of the youngsters asked. "What happened to the finals?"
"You're not going back home. You'll only leave when someone from your Crew is here to take you. For now, you're all going someplace else." The old man placed his hand on the barrier, creating an opening in the barriers.
Through the opening, he left and took the youngsters with him. Lucifer kept glancing back at the world. This was a headache for him, but he couldn't do anything. Unless…
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