Astrid’s cough startled Lilian, snapping her out of her thoughts.
Just by looking at Lilian’s reaction, Astrid knew that there wasn’t any need for her to elaborate any further.
“We have finished discussing our matters.”
While Lilian was feeling utterly exposed under Astrid’s smiling eyes, Roel and Antonio finally concluded their conversation and headed back.
Roel was too anxious with the ticking countdown to notice Lilian’s anomaly, but the latter was far too conscious of him at the moment that she couldn’t help but feel a strong jolt when she finally got a clear look at his new appearance.
Absorbing the Crown’s Stone had caused his hair to grow much longer, and his disposition felt slightly different from before too.
Similar to how using Glacier’s Touch left Roel composed, the current him gave off an air of tranquility reminiscent of an old tree that had mellowed out with time. His masculinity was toned down by his ethereal aura, giving him a delicate presence.
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Lilian’s heart started to beat faster.
She had no idea how others would take Roel’s more delicate image, but it was definitely a bullseye for her. She felt an even stronger urge than before to dote and take care of him… though she dared not say those words aloud.
Meanwhile, Astrid couldn’t help but notice another problem here. She assessed Roel with her iridescent eyes, and a furrow slowly formed on her forehead. After a long moment of contemplation, she finally asked.
“Have you been seen by Her?”
Astrid’s words were abrupt, and it left Lilian and Antonio utterly confused. However, Roel swiftly got what she was driving at and widened his eyes.
“Are you referring to the Mother Goddess?”
“That’s right. I can smell Her scent on you. It’s not particularly strong, but it’s a sign that the two of you have come into contact.”
“Yes, I’ve met Her. Ancestor, could it be that you know something about the Mother Goddess?”
“I’m afraid not. I don’t know much about the Mother Goddess due to the Chaos Dream. I was only able to recognize Her scent because I’ve seen someone like you before,” said Astrid with a look of nostalgia on her face.
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Roel was shocked to hear those words.
“Someone like me?”
“It’s one of your ancestors, Kaldor Arde. Just like you, he was a prodigy with the ability to absorb the Crown’s Stones. He came under the alias of ‘Collector’ in the Twilight Sages Assembly. I chanced upon him in the waning years of the Second Epoch. Back then, he was the core member of the team dealing with the Six Calamities.
“It was just a pity that the two of us parted ways due to the differing missions we had on hand. I’ve never met him since the mass migration to West Sia. Back then, he spoke a lot about the Mother Goddess, saying that he had to collect the Crown’s
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