Sword God in a World of Magic – Chapter 367 – Negotiation

Chapter 367 – Negotiation

After several minutes of noise while chasing the intruder, the battlefield became silent for the first time.

The Mages still couldn’t comprehend what they had just witnessed.

A physi had managed to take a Late True Mage hostage while surrounded by four Mid True Mages?!

Weren’t Late True Mages supposed to be unbeatable for every physi except for that one physi in the Skythunder Kingdom?!

“Let go of our Head!” one of the Mages shouted angrily.

Shang tightened his grip, making Esther open her mouth in a silent scream.

“I don’t want to fight with your Kingdom,” Shang answered with a deeper voice than normal. He didn’t want any of them to recognize him by voice, even if the chances were minuscule. Additionally, he also hid his face behind Esther’s lifted body.

“I only want to enter the Blackshadow Kingdom,” Shang added.

The Mages gnashed their teeth and looked at each other.

If they launched a Spell, their Head would definitely die. Additionally, they probably couldn’t keep Shang here. He already stood closer to the mountain than them, and chasing him up the mountain was impossible.

“Why would we let you do that?” one of the Mages asked with narrowed eyes.

“Because I am not here on a mission, but on accident,” Shang said. “You are allowed to cast a truth verification Spell if you want, but I warn you, I know the chant. If I hear anything else, she dies.”

The Mages looked at each other, but eventually, they nodded.

One of them stepped forward and chanted a Spell.

After around five seconds, the chant was finished, and the Mana in the surroundings had changed.

The Truth Verification Spell was now active.

“I am not here by free will,” Shang said, knowing that the Mages were now able to see whether he was telling the truth or not. “I never wanted to come here. I am not being paid to be here. I am not on a mission. No Kingdom, Duke, Mage, or whatever gave me the mission to do anything to the Grandmountain Kingdom or interact with it.”

“I am here due to a cruel twist of fate outside of my control, and I only want to get home. I am not interested in the war or any sort of conflict between the Kingdoms. I only want to return to the Skythunder Kingdom and traveling across the Blackshadow Kingdom is my best chance at getting back.”

“That is everything I want,” Shang finished.

The Mages looked with surprise at one another.

The intruder had spoken the truth.

They talked to each other for a bit until one of them looked at Shang, who was still behind Esther.

“Will you release our Head?” she asked.

“I promise that I will let her go uninjured as soon as I pass your military forces at the north of this Zone,” Shang said.

Surprisingly, the Mage didn’t react the way Shang had expected.

They had just heard that they could get their Late True Mage back without any injury. They didn’t even need to give the intruder anything. He only wanted to leave.

Yet, instead of relief, Shang saw a bit of anger and frustration in their faces.

“You are talking nonsense,” the female Mage said. “Go through the Blackshadow Kingdom to return to the Skythunder Kingdom? Do you know what they do to powerful physis?”

“Feed them to their beasts,” Shang said. “I know that.”

“Then why would you want to go there?” the Mage asked.

Shang was a bit confused why the Mage was asking such an irrelevant question. For all intents and purposes, they should happily send him on his merry way to get slaughtered by the Blackshadow Kingdom. Why would they warn him instead?

“Let that be my problem,” Shang said. “The Blackshadow Kingdom might be allied with the Skythunder Kingdom, but if they stand in my way, I won’t show any mercy. As I ran through the Plague Rat Zone, I didn’t kill a single Mage of your Kingdom, even though I had the opportunity. I don’t want to kill people that don’t go against me.”

At that moment, a feeling of guilt rose up in Shang’s chest as he remembered Lash’s shocked eyes before he died, but Shang quickly buried the guilt again.

Now was not the time.

“If the Blackshadow Kingdom tries to stop me, I won’t have a problem with killing a couple of Mages or Summoners.”

The Mages looked at each other again, and they became increasingly frustrated.

At the same time, Esther began to struggle in Shang’s grip.

She hadn’t done that before.

Of course, Esther was as helpless in Shang’s hand as a tiny lizard.

One squeeze and her head would separate from her neck.

“We went against you. Why didn’t you attack us?” the female Mage asked.

Shang was surprised by this question too.

‘What’s up with their weird questions? Why would they care?’

‘I’m offering a great deal here. I’m sure you would much rather keep a Late True Mage alive than kill some random warrior. Why aren’t they accepting?!’ Shang thought with frustration.

“Because this is easier. My goal was to get to the Ancestral Mountain to wait for an opportunity to escape initially, but that has way too many risks. I’d much rather prefer leaving straight away,” Shang answered.

The Mages looked at each other with frustration as Esther’s struggle intensified.

It was like she was trying to escape her death. Sure, she was currently in Shang’s hands, but Shang was negotiating instead of torturing or killing her.

Additionally, she hadn’t struggled at the beginning. That had only started as Shang talked more with the Mages.

The Mages talked to each other for several seconds.

And then, they turned to the hanging Esther, their eyes unwilling. They were filled with frustration, guilt, and helplessness.

When Shang saw their expressions, he knew what was going on.

He had had the same expression just a couple of minutes ago!

This was exactly what he had looked like before he had killed Lash!

“The law must be upheld,” the female Mage said with a deep voice as she looked into Esther’s panicked eyes.

Esther felt like her world was ending.

“I’m sorry,” the female Mage said. “We can’t negotiate with the enemy.”

And then, their Foci lit up with prepared Spells.

Shang gnashed his teeth.

CRK!

Shang’s hand tightened, and Esther’s head was squeezed off her body.

And then, he exploded towards the mountain.

‘So, this was why they asked these questions.’

‘They tried to find a way to ease the pain of what they were going to do! If I was some sort of monster or enemy to the Kingdom, they could say that they did the right thing. They could say that they were only protecting their home.’

‘However, my intentions were only to escape without going against the Grandmountain Kingdom. I’m pretty sure all four of them wanted to accept the deal.’

‘Yet, their law states that they are not allowed to negotiate with the enemy.’

‘They were forced to do something they didn’t want to do.’

‘Just like me earlier.’

Esther’s corpse was destroyed by the Spells, which quickly followed Shang.

However, these Spells weren’t nearly as deadly or accurate as the previous ones.

It wasn’t that they didn’t want to kill Shang. It was just that they had already given up.

They knew that they wouldn’t be able to stop Shang. So, they simply stopped trying and performed the motions without any enthusiasm or goal behind them.

After Shang evaded the Spells, the Mages stopped chasing.

They knew that it was already over.

Shang reached the Ancestral Mountain.

BANG!

Shang exploded upward, landed on one of the cliffs, and continued jumping.

Shang was moving at insane rates up the mountain.

This was why it was impossible for them to follow Shang up the mountain.

Shang was amazing at moving through the air, and he had an insanely powerful body that allowed him to move up the mountain like he was running on the ground.

With every jump, Shang ascended another twenty meters. He didn’t even need to use his Blasts to traverse the mountain.

And the Mages?

Of course, there were Spells for them to traverse such a tall mountain. There was a Spell that allowed their Mana Shield to cling to the wall and ascend.

However, there were several problems with the Spell.

It cost a lot of Mana, and it was slow.

But the biggest problem was that they couldn’t use Mana Step in such an environment.

For Mana Step to work, the ground had to be somewhat even.

If they followed Shang up the mountain, they would completely lose any mobility.

Mana Step was one of the most powerful weapons for fighting beasts and physis.

Sure, they might be able to kill a normal warrior, but by now, they knew that they wouldn’t be able to get Shang.

If they couldn’t get him on the ground, they wouldn’t be able to get him on the mountain.

Even more, they might actually die while trying to kill him.

There was no point in chasing him.

He had already escaped.

List of Chapters
Chapter 1 - Shooting Stars
Chapter 2 - Alex
Chapter 3 - Dream?
Chapter 4 - Death
Chapter 5 - Mages
Chapter 6 - Shang
Chapter 7 - New Body And New Surroundings
Chapter 8 - Watching
Chapter 9 - First Kill
Chapter 10 - Mana
Chapter 11 - Sword
Chapter 12 - Moment Of Peace
Chapter 13 - Training
Chapter 14 - Power!
Chapter 15 - Small Expedition
Chapter 16 - Fruit
Chapter 17 - Going Further
Chapter 18 - Payoff
Chapter 19 - Progress
Chapter 20 - Conviction
Chapter 21 - Hegemon
Chapter 22 - The Enemy Is Complacency
Chapter 23 - Cold
Chapter 24 - Bear
Chapter 25 - Thing
Chapter 26 - Ethereal Spire
Chapter 27 - Experiment And Trade
Chapter 28 - Affinity?
Chapter 29 - Human
Chapter 30 - Whirlwind
Chapter 31 - Memory Loss
Chapter 32 - Leaving The Wilderness
Chapter 33 - Bad Habit
Chapter 34 - Money
Chapter 35 - Meeting The Village
Chapter 36 - Old Man
Chapter 37 - Frozen Lake Stag
Chapter 38 - Antlers
Chapter 39 - Pity
Chapter 40 - Affinity?
Chapter 41 - Plateau
Chapter 42 - Stupid Idea
Chapter 43 - Aftermath
Chapter 44 - Dark Iron Ore
Chapter 45 - Usage Of Mana
Chapter 46 - Silent Danger
Chapter 47 - Warning
Chapter 48 - Bandits
Chapter 49 - Actions And Intentions
Chapter 50 - Reasons
Chapter 51 - Alex And Shang
Chapter 52 - Ice Wood Origin
Chapter 53 - Gamble
Chapter 54 - Officer
Chapter 55 - Recruits
Chapter 56 - Reward
Chapter 57 - Sparren
Chapter 58 - Money!
Chapter 59 - Farm Line
Chapter 60 - Storm Eagle Zone
Chapter 61 - Affinities
Chapter 62 - Finally Here
Chapter 63 - The Sleeping Man
Chapter 64 - Different World
Chapter 65 - Amnesia
Chapter 66 - Pen
Chapter 67 - Sword, Yes?
Chapter 68 - Michael
Chapter 69 - Battle With Soran
Chapter 70 - Flaws
Chapter 71 - Feedback
Chapter 72 - Pain
Chapter 73 - Smile?
Chapter 74 - Not About Can, But Should
Chapter 75 - Realms
Chapter 76 - The Dean
Chapter 77 Purpose
Chapter 78 Trust?
Chapter 79 Temperature
Chapter 80 Not Temperature
Chapter 81 Balance?
Chapter 82 Second Gift
Chapter 83 Subjects
Chapter 84 True Path
Chapter 85 Room
Chapter 86 Rules
Chapter 87 Schedule And Grade
Chapter 88 Training Resumes
Chapter 89 Sword Feelings
Chapter 90 Practice
Chapter 91 Numbers
Chapter 92 Outside
Chapter 93 Stars Gerbon
Chapter 94 Market
Chapter 95 Older Student
Chapter 96 Intimidation
Chapter 97 Guilt
Chapter 98 Astor And Elver
Chapter 99 Teacher Loran
Chapter 100 Soldier To General
Chapter 101 Astor’s Power
Chapter 102 Experience
Chapter 103 Mattheo
Chapter 104 Counter
Chapter 105 Beast
Chapter 106 Weapons
Chapter 107 Plan
Chapter 108 Beast Missions
Chapter 109 Vanishing Snake
Chapter 110 Power Of Magic
Chapter 111 Swamp Millipede
Chapter 112 Hunting
Chapter 113 Circling
Chapter 114 Green Bird
Chapter 115 Blade
Chapter 116 Metal Mana
Chapter 117 The Last Moment
Chapter 118 More Potential
Chapter 119 Idiot
Chapter 120 Teacher
Chapter 121 Celebrity Autograph
Chapter 122 Teacher Niria
Chapter 123 Psychopath
Chapter 124 Crossroads
Chapter 125 Water Mage
Chapter 126 In Control
Chapter 127 The Pest Cat Problem
Chapter 128 Help
Chapter 129 Darkness Affinity
Chapter 130 Not An Affinity
Chapter 131 Private Lesson
Chapter 132 Refined Uses
Chapter 133 This World
Chapter 134 Ice Ore
Chapter 135 The Other Vice-Dean
Chapter 136 Day Of Chaos
Chapter 137 Merchant
Chapter 138 Hunting Guild
Chapter 139 Javelin
Chapter 140 Environmental Planning
Chapter 141 Life Scarab
Chapter 142 Spire Mire
Chapter 143 Scammed
Chapter 144 The Night
Chapter 145 A New Day
Chapter 146 Upgrading The Sword
Chapter 147 Nobility
Chapter 148 Mattheo’s Troubles
Chapter 149 Rematch
Chapter 150 The Result
Chapter 151 Quota
Chapter 152 Time To Learn
Chapter 153 Practice
Chapter 154 Learning
Chapter 155 Monster
Chapter 156 Protection
Chapter 157 Eternal Spires
Chapter 158 The Start
Chapter 159 True Power
Chapter 160 Boat In A Storm
Chapter 161 Hunters
Chapter 162 Exploding Mountain Turtle
Chapter 163 Someone
Chapter 164 Betrayal
Chapter 165 The Plan Around The Plan
Chapter 166 The Day Of Chaos Ends
Chapter 167 First Semester
Chapter 168 Rise
Chapter 169 Falling Out
Chapter 170 Trash Bird
Chapter 171 Chase
Chapter 172 Shut Up!
Chapter 173 Invitation
Chapter 174 Icy Wisp
Chapter 175 The Plan
Chapter 176 Four Dead Beasts
Chapter 177 Teacher Mervin’s Advice
Chapter 178 Applicable Advice?
Chapter 179 The Thing
Chapter 180 The Last Moments
Chapter 181 The Procedure
Chapter 182 Success!
Chapter 183 - Abominations
Chapter 184 - Natural Mana
Chapter 185 Antimatter
Chapter 186 The Second Question
Chapter 187 The Important Secret
Chapter 188 Space and Strength
Chapter 189 Preparations for the Trial
Chapter 190 Viera
Chapter 191 First Fight
Chapter 192 Growth
Chapter 193 The First Mage
Chapter 194 Advantage of Mana Source
Chapter 195 Against Mages
Chapter 196 Prepared
Chapter 197 The Trial Begins
Chapter 198 Joke Turning into Reality
Chapter 199 Climate Weasel
Chapter 200 Accumulated Power
Chapter 201 Explosiveness
Chapter 202 Tiger
Chapter 203 Metal King
Chapter 204 Light Affinity
Chapter 205 Inexperienced
Chapter 206 Price
Chapter 207 Death
Chapter 208 Advancing
Chapter 209 Power of Practice
Chapter 210 Poison
Chapter 211 Gulf of Power
Chapter 212 Waiting
Chapter 213 First Mage
Chapter 214 Genius
Chapter 215 Destruction
Chapter 216 Fear
Chapter 217 I Have to Kill!
Chapter 218 Affinity
Chapter 219 Jester
Chapter 220 Entertainment
Chapter 221 Not What but How
Chapter 222 The Trial Is Over
Chapter 223 New Plane of Fighting
Chapter 224 Faction
Chapter 225 Group of Warriors
Chapter 226 Four Groups
Chapter 227 Numbers Talk
Chapter 228 Hardfire Spider
Chapter 229 Jobs
Chapter 230 Strength
Chapter 231 Outpost Taking Form
Chapter 232 Deaths
Chapter 233 New Mission
Chapter 234 Positioning
Chapter 235 Ambush
Chapter 236 Attack!
Chapter 237 Report
Chapter 238 Defense
Chapter 239 One's Plan
Chapter 240 Ploy
Chapter 241 Underestimated
Chapter 242 Superior
Chapter 243 Inquisitor
Chapter 244 Excellent Work
Chapter 245 Back to Warrior's Paradise
Chapter 246 Return
Chapter 247 - The Ore
Chapter 248 - New Shang
Chapter 249 Friend?
Chapter 250 Path to Commander Stage
Chapter 251 Old Friends
Chapter 252 Flying
Chapter 253 The Caves
Chapter 254 Professional Hunting
Chapter 255 Conflict
Chapter 256 Who?
Chapter 257 Poison Adept
Chapter 258 Chase
Chapter 259 The Cleaning Service
Chapter 260 Magic Contract
Chapter 261 Returnal Point
Chapter 262 The Guilty Party
Chapter 263 Simon Wilbury
Chapter 264 Helpless
Chapter 265 - Waiting by the Gate
Chapter 266 - Good Ruler
Chapter 267 - Kiva Orvis
Chapter 268 - Duke Whirlwind's Path
Chapter 269 - The Empress CobraZone
Chapter 270 - The AdamantiteBehemoth Zone
Chapter 271 - The Thunder HorseZone
Chapter 272 - Thunder Horse
Chapter 273 - Survived
Chapter 274 - Skythunder Zone
Chapter 275 - King Skythunder'sCastle
Chapter 276 - King Skythunder
Chapter 277 - Punch
Chapter 278 - Barbarian
Chapter 279 - Discussion
Chapter 280 - Decision
Chapter 281 - What AreBarbarians?
Chapter 282 - Dark Pillar
Chapter 283 - Adult Shang
Chapter 284 - Flipping a Coin
Chapter 285 - lce Demon vs.Adepts
Chapter 286 - The Reason
Chapter 287 - Black Gleam
Chapter 288 - Surrender
Chapter 289 - Bounty
Chapter 290 - Plans
Chapter 291 - Slide
Chapter 292 - Bottom
Chapter 293 - Calm Area
Chapter 294 - Black Wall
Chapter 295 - Falling
Chapter 296 - Danger
Chapter 297 - Price
Chapter 298 - Death and Hope
Chapter 299 - One Eye
Chapter 300 - How Did He Do lt?
Chapter 301 - Looking Around
Chapter 302 - Things Going Out ofControl
Chapter 303 - Trouble
Chapter 304 - Punishment
Chapter 305 – Disguise
Chapter 306 – Isolated Barbarian
Chapter 307 – Village
Chapter 308 – Slavery or Vacation?
Chapter 309 – Different Front
Chapter 310 – Camp
Chapter 311 – Barbarian Customs
Chapter 312 – Ruiner
Chapter 313 – First Lesson
Chapter 314 – Basics
Chapter 315 – Solo Performance
Chapter 316 – First Goal Achieved
Chapter 317 – Three Techniques, One Technique
Chapter 318 – Deciphering the Technique
Chapter 319 – Blackshadow Kingdom
Chapter 320 – Summoners
Chapter 321 – Lash vs. Mole
Chapter 322 – Closing the Gap
Chapter 323 – Mana Tranquility
Chapter 324 – Lifting
Chapter 325 – Contract
Chapter 326 – Special Mission
Chapter 327 – Force
Chapter 328 – Plague
Chapter 329 – Researcher Veral
Chapter 330 – Global Politics
Chapter 331 – Commander Stage
Chapter 332 – Third Question
Chapter 333 – Abominations Everywhere
Chapter 334 – Controlling
Chapter 335 – Deep Lake
Chapter 336 – Three Months
Chapter 337 – Blind Fight
Chapter 338 – Mind Battle
Chapter 339 – Trial Starts
Chapter 340 – Level Six and Seven
Chapter 341 – Lioness
Chapter 342 – Ice King
Chapter 343 – Relentless Attacks
Chapter 344 – Using Everything
Chapter 345 – Power Hierarchy
Chapter 346 – Warrior Trials
Chapter 347 – Second Strongest Class of Warriors
Chapter 348 – Teacher Mervin
Chapter 349 – True Path
Chapter 350 – Forsaken Future
Chapter 351 – Five Years
Chapter 352 – Warrior Category Over
Chapter 353 – Darkness
Chapter 354 – Underestimated
Chapter 355 – Difference in Growth
Chapter 356 – Fire
Chapter 357 – Different Mage
Chapter 358 – Universe
Chapter 359 – Strange Mage
Chapter 360 – Star Map
Chapter 361 – Fruits of Training
Chapter 362 – The Plan
Chapter 363 – Destruction
Chapter 364 – Icicle
Chapter 365 – Bombardment
Chapter 366 – Last Push
Chapter 367 – Negotiation
Chapter 368 – Blue-Haired Man
Chapter 369 – Was It Right?
Chapter 370 – Focus on Power!
Chapter 371 – Escaping the Grandmountain Kingdom
Chapter 372 – Another Search
Chapter 373 – Hiding
Chapter 374 – Growth
Chapter 375 – Shang
Chapter 376 – The Way
Chapter 377 – Map
Chapter 378 – Return
Chapter 379 – Bad News
Chapter 380 – Unfamiliar Face
Chapter 381 – Terrifying Message
Chapter 382 – Meeting an Old Friend
Chapter 383 – Duke Whirlwind's Thoughts
Chapter 384 – The Scheme
Chapter 385 – Diamond
Chapter 386 – Cross Comprehension