Chapters 129 to 133
I have to wonder, by what sorcery did they manage to masquerade their raids on the farms in such a way that they appeared to have been conducted by Demons? You can explain the main Lambda facility with whatever Smee did, but what about the other farms? Especially with how out of control the Irregulars can appear to be at times...
And would they have the means to masquerade their assassination as being carried out by Demons too?
Ah, so the hunters from Goldy Pond were related to the Five Regent Houses, good to know.
At last, we have some idea on what the Tifari is: a ceremony during which the royalty and the Five Regent Houses will gather.
Additionally, from what we readers learnt at Grace Field (Ch 7 and 33), it appears to be a harvest festival of sorts, giving thanks to the Demon God for their produce.
Furthermore, whether it is an event that takes place every 1 or 5 years, one certain thing is that at least one livestock will be offered as part of the festival.
Based on the facts available, I can see two possible points where Norman's assassination plan will fall apart:
- The Tifari involves an offering, a human child sacrifice in other words. If by some chance the offering is kept alive and not "harvested" until the Tifari takes place, would their presence wind up drawing undue attention from Norman's team?
- As feared, the Irregulars are already destabilising. Whose to say they won't go crazy at the ceremony in 8 days' time, to the point that they can't conduct a sneak attack anymore?
Emma and Ray's Side
I cannot fathom why people could think that they winded up back at the physical Grace Field House at the end of Ch 132. It's obviously a different dimension of some kind, just with familiar elements that strike at the minds of the entrants, invoked by the Demon God.
Yep, everything involving the Demon God now officially constitutes actual magic, with moonlight alchemy, different dimensions, magic portals and nightmare visions.
Still, this is something I don't understand: if the Demons are supposed to be metamorphic bacteria in which many have evolved to become human-like, then what does that make the Demon God? It's not like there was any magical deity that was out there to who was unfortunate to be consumed by bacteria, right?
Unless, the Demon God existed first, and it was what created the Demon bacteria in the first place?
Lastly, assuming this journey to meet the Demon God and back will take up the bulk of the 8 days, hopefully Emma and Ray won't starve and thirst to death.