Behind the Dark Sanctuary’s demon king hall was a luxurious building that was usually used by the Dark Sanctuary’s demon kings after a long day of dealing with daily affairs. This building along with the area around it was known as the Dark Sanctum. Comparable in size to the palace of an emperor, the Sanctum was decked out with everything that a demon king needed after a stressful day of work, including a spa and a grand luxurious bath.
The requirements to enter the Sanctum were high, that even the six new Void Monarchs were barred from entering, as the Sanctum was limited only to the females that had some sort of relationship with Bella.
“Bella, I can wash! I beg you, let go of me!”
“Sister Irene, your wounds haven’t healed yet, so you should just let me take care of you~! We agreed on this before, didn’t we? I would help you get a [Ground Dragon] heart, and you would join me. Now that you’ve obtained what you wanted, are you going back on your words?”
“But I never said that I wanted to join the dark… Stop…”
In the Sanctum was a strange body of water, the legendary ‘Unholy Spring’. The water within the Unholy Spring was different from your typical hot spring. It was ice cold rather than hot.
The Unholy Spring’s water was sourced from the underwater river, Styx. Although the water was cold, it was also comforting in its own way. The spring’s water had a high concentration of the element of yin, so this comforting feel was limited to the females. If anyone other than females tried to enter the spring would be quickly dissolved by the water.
This was the aspect for which Bella had chosen to use water from the river Styx in the Unholy Spring, so even if any of the girls that bathed here were ambushed by any perverts, the girls would be able to defend themselves using the spring water.
Currently, Bella was relaxing beside the spring while embracing Irene, who had been transported here previously. Irene’s hands had been tied behind her back with a semi-transparent strip of silk, denying her the ability to resist Bella’s advances. Irene was about to complain, but Bella had sealed her mouth with a french kiss before she could finish her sentence.
“Sister Irene, bad sisters that go back on their words have to be punished~! Maybe I should tie your feet up too, to stop you from trying to escape.”
“I was wrong, Felia, please don’t!”
Irene’s plea for mercy didn’t reach Bella’s ears, who had taken out another strip of the same semi-transparent red silk and tied Irene’s feet together. What Bella wanted was for Irene to completely submit to her, it was a rare chance as the two of them were the only beings in the Dark Sanctum right now.
Dolores was busy dealing with all the work that had built up during the time that the demon kings had been gone, and Eleanor was preparing a report on the information that her subordinate knights had gathered from the surrounding territories. The three god-level lolis were taking their new ‘little sisters’ Lilian and Lilith around the Dark Sanctuary on a ‘playdate’, while Roland and Annie, as the demon kings’ maidservants, were directing the ghost maids in preparing the dinner.
Looking around, it seemed that the 1st demon king, Bella, was the one that had nothing to do. The number of demon kings still wasn’t enough and Bella quickly needed to find some people suitable to fill these empty positions, she didn’t want to always let Dolores and Eleanor take care of all the Dark Sanctuary’s affairs, as such Bella couldn’t get the chance to flirt with them.
“Sister Irene, you promised that you’ll become mine after I obtain the heart of a [Ground Dragon], there’s no room for going back~!”
Irene didn’t know how to feel at how Bella had twisted her promise to something that could easily be misunderstood. But as her arms and legs had been tied down, she couldn’t resist and could only shake her head in disagreement.
Irene’s struggling didn’t hinder Bella in the slightest, Bella used her hands to deftly turn Irene’s face her way, and under Irene’s shocked gaze, swiftly put their lips together. This wasn’t all however, Bella also used her tongue to pry open Irene’s lips.
Irene’s brain had short-circuited when she realized that she had been tongue-kissed by her own ‘little sister’.
“Sister Irene, today I’m going to kiss you until you agree on ~. I have all the time in the world, but how much longer can you keep denying me?”
Irene didn’t know what she could do anymore as she looked in Bella’s eyes, she knew that she wasn’t getting out of here without joining the dark side. She knew that struggling was useless so Irene tightly shut her own eyes, not daring to make eye contact with Bella anymore. Bella, however, wasn’t about to stop herself.
“I’ll give you one more chance, sister Irene, if you don’t agree to become mine, I’ll do whatever I want with your delectable mouth! After that, you won’t even be able to beg for mercy anymore~!”
“I agree, Felia, can you stop bullying our dear sister, please?!”
When Irene opened her eyes, she saw that Bella was about to pick up some kind of strange ball which made Irene completely give in to Bella. She didn’t know what happened to Felia in these past few months that caused her to become so self-assertive and… strange.
“Call me Bella from now on, sister Irene. If you call me Felia and it gets heard by that old rascal of an emperor, he’ll drag me back and arrange a marriage for me within the day.”
“Felia… Bella, how can you refer to our father with such disrespectful titles, even though…”
Bella cut off Irene’s question with a kiss, this time Irene didn’t resist so much. After seeing that Irene had truly given in, Bella had a sinister smile on her face as she picked up Irene and started to carry her towards a room right beside the Unholy Spring, planning to completely conquer of Irene.
“Lord Demon King, the Void Monarch Skryme requests an audience.”
Right as Bella was about to get to the good part, the report from the ghost maid who was guarding the Dark Sanctum’s entrance stopped Bella’s actions.
“Skryme? Why is it here, can’t it tell that I’m busy?!”
“Lord Demon King, Skryme said that it has some ‘special’ gifts to deliver. There were too many people earlier and it wasn’t a suitable time to deliver the gifts, now that you have dismissed the vassals, Skryme has come to deliver them personally.”
Bella didn’t expect that this new subordinate would pick such an awkward time to come to visit, she may as well go and see what Skryme had brought as a gift and if it was worthy of interrupting her ‘fun time’. Bella placed Irene on the bed and placed a silk blanket over her body before picking up a small bottle of some kind of liquid and fed it to Irene. Irene couldn’t resist and could only swallow the mysterious liquid and quickly felt tired, drifted away into dreamland within few seconds.
Bella kissed the sleeping girl’s cheeks before returning to the Unholy Spring. Skryme was just a giant slime at first glance, Bella didn’t know too much of its abilities except that it was also classified as ‘World Destroyer’ level along with Medusyr and these two were much stronger than the other four Void Monarchs that could only be considered as ‘Cataclysmic’.
The gifts that Skryme wanted to deliver to Bella had been brought inside by two of its avatars while its main body remained outside of the Sanctum. Looking at the loli with blood-red hair, Bella was quickly able to identify Hadias, the demon world’s princess that had run away not too long ago.
Hadias’ equipment and clothes had all been dissolved by Skryme. Her hands were cuffed by an intricate set of handcuffs and equally intricate set of the chains around her feet. Apart from those, a golden necklace hung around her neck with an ornate cross in the middle of it. Bella had seen this kind of cross before on Dolores, it was an anti-demon cross, the kind was used to seal the powers of the demons.
Bella was rather puzzled about where and how Skryme had managed to obtain this anti-demon cross, but the cross had completely sealed Hadias’ power and rendered the demon world’s princess as nothing more than a cute doll.
“Can you let go of me? When I go back, I’ll ask my father to…”
“Nope, I don’t lack anything that the demon world can offer, it serves me no benefit in letting you go.”
Bella walked up to Hadias and used her hand to lift the girl’s face towards her, Bella felt satisfied when she felt the gaze of fear from the princess of the demon world. Skryme was quite a subordinate, it seems, Bella decided she would reward Skryme something later.
“You don’t gain anything from leaving me behind either if my father finds out that I’ve been caught…:”
“It seems that you still haven’t truly understood your circumstances, princess Hadias! You have already seen the true identities of everyone around me, do you think that I’ll let you go?”
“Are you going to kill…”
“No, I have a little sister that’s pretty skilled in dark magics, maybe she has a way to turn you into a well-behaved doll!”
“Don’t do that, please, I don’t want to become a doll! Do whatever you want, just not that please!”
As the demon world’s princess, Hadias knew that there was indeed evil magic that would turn people into mindless dolls. Enslavement magic was also one of the ten legendary-tier evil magic, just one of the lower-ranking ones. Enslavement magic also required the other side be unable to resist to have any chance at succeeding.
Coincidentally, Hadias was currently in a state where she was completely unable to resist and wouldn’t be able to stop anyone from doing what they wanted to do to her. Her hands and feet had been chained down, her powers were sealed away. If Bella wanted to use enslavement magic on her, then it would be game-over for her, those who fell victim to enslavement magic would have their soul and spirit wiped, leaving behind nothing more than a tool without any ability to think for itself.
“But it’s true that you don’t have anything to give to me! You should know that I don’t lack anything, except a doll that listens to everything I tell it, I feel like you’re pretty well suited for this role!”
“As long as you don’t turn me into a doll, I’ll give you everything. Just please let me off this time, I’ll promise to convince the father to not invade the surface world!”
As Hadias was scared, she had completely forgotten that Bella wasn’t a hero or anything like that, her promise couldn’t draw any interest from Bella.
Bella’s hands were taking advantage of Hadias’ body, but Hadias couldn’t feel the swift movements due to how much her body was shaking. Even though this princess of the demon world was a loli, the sensation of her body wasn’t any less satisfying than that of the demon princess, Dolores. Bella decided to drag Hadias into her faction as well, she wasn’t the type to not eat such a snack after it had been delivered straight into her mouth.
“I want you to become my familiar, that’s all I want. You should know that the demon world’s inhabitants can sign demonic contracts with the people of the surface world, how about we sign a master-slave contract?”
“Can we sign a different one? I can return to the demon world and help you find a stronger…”
“What I want is you, Hadias. I don’t lack strong subordinates at all, what do you think I’m after? Dumb girl.”
Bella cut off Hadias with a kiss before she could change the topic, her tongue skillfully prying apart the girl’s lips. Even though Hadias was the demon world’s princess, she was completely inexperienced when it came to receiving a kiss. This was her first kiss after all, and it had been taken by another girl.
Hadias’ brain had short-circuited just like Irene’s previously, forgetting that she could fight back by biting the invading tongue, and could only let Bella do as she pleased.
Only after Bella had removed her tongue did Hadias return to her senses. After the kiss, Hadias no longer dared to look at Bella, evidently, she had not yet completely recovered.
Bella hadn’t expected this princess of the demon world to be so shy. From the beginning, she had never planned to turn Hadias into a submissive doll, she only had said those to scare the girl to make Hadias give up on her pride. Only then would Hadias make further concessions.
“You only have one choice Hadias, and that’s to sign a master-servant contract with me. Don’t worry, you’ll receive countless benefits as my personal familiar.”
“Can you undo these chains first? It hurts to be tied up for so long.”
“Tell me where it hurts, I’ll massage your body. Don’t play any tricks with me, this entire region is my territory. If you try to run, I won’t care anymore if that giant slime outside catches you…”
“Don’t! Don’t hand me over to that thing… I agree. I’ll sign the contract!”
Hadias finally gave in, she would rather die than to be returned to the hands of that slime. She had tried many times to escape, but to no avail, after she was captured by Skryme. On the way to the Dark Sanctuary, she had personally seen how Skryme had digested its prey.
It scared Hadias to even think about it, it was probably Bella that made Skryme not eat her even though Hadias had tried to escape so many times. Hadias doubted she would be so lucky if she were to fall into Skryme’s ‘hands’ again.
“Then, let’s start now, I coincidentally have the magic formation needed for the ritual already prepared.”
Bella picked up Hadias and carried her to a stone slate at the center of the Dark Sanctum, the slate was already inscribed with a magic formation. Bella had asked Mia to make this universal dark magic formation earlier, and it could also be used to sign a demonic contract.
“Can we wait a bit Bella, my current state is… Can you give me some clothes first before…:”
“If you want to wear clothes now, you won’t have any to wear for the rest of your life. Do you have any other request, Hadias?”
“No…no, I’ll leave all the decisions to you, just… Don’t rough me up too much… mas… master.”
“That’s a good girl! Just do as I say and I promise you that your cultivation in the future won’t be any lower than that of your father.”
Bella had succeeded in breaking down the rest of Hadias’ pride, and from now on, the demon world’s princess would be firmly attached to Bella’s faction. Even though Hadias had still regretted it at first, but after seeing first-hand how Bella’s Dark Sanctuary had risen step-by-step, she gradually began to acknowledge that Bella did, indeed, have the qualifications to be her master.
The town of Sakerid was an important military place in the south of the Gabriel Empire (Swordsmen), the town was currently in the state of high-alert. Not long ago, the Gabriel Empire’s most important defensive line in the south, the Laerte line, had been broken by unidentified evil beings. After losing the protective barrier that was the Laerte line, the vitals of the Gabriel Empire was left completely exposed to the enemy.
The complete fall of the nearby Alva Duchy had been confirmed, the duke dying at the hands of the beastmen. What was worse was that the Gabriel Empire’s strongest hero, Kriss, had also disappeared near the Alva Duchy and it was unknown whether or not she was still alive. Before Kriss, two other important people had gone missing in the same area: the Ignaz family’s young lady, Elena Ivy, as well as Antonia Susan, the Church of Light’s 3rd Holy Maiden who had been traveling with Ivy.
The Octavian Empire’s (Knights) reinforcements led by their 1st princess, Octavio Irene and her knights had also gone silent.
Finally, the Octavian Empire’s strongest knight corp, the 10,000 Anti-Demon Knights had gone missing along with the empire’s 10th princess, Octavio Lisha. The only ones who returned were a few of the legendary heroes that had accompanied Lisha.
Losing such an amount of precious manpower in such a short time, the Gabriel Empire’s royal family had sunk into a state of panic. Ignoring their losses, two of the Octavian Empire’s princesses had disappeared in their territory, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine the consequences if they failed to offer a proper explanation.
“It seems that this world isn’t any different from that of the previous ones. It’s always the same old thing, heroes and demon kings, so boring!”
In a black carriage on the side of the street, a beautiful magician with a wide-brimmed wizard’s hat looked out of the carriage’s window, observing the chaotic world outside. Her carriage carried the insignia of the Aldrich Empire, one of the humans’ five great empires. The Aldrich Empire was one that strongly advocated magic and produced the strongest mages and wizards of the human race. It wasn’t hard to guess where this carriage’s owner was from.
Synopsis: Somewhere in the universe, there was an altar. On it, laid a bloody eye as big as the sun itself. It burst with light and bathed the entire star system in red.
"The aura of an ancestral artifact!" Someone's voice rose in surprise.
The Great Galactic Era had begun.