#When he returned, the family was ruined (166)
The place Ethan headed to was Marquis Fractal. Perhaps because he had delivered the letter in advance, he was able to enter the marquis’s home without any inhibitions. The turian greeted him with tabby feet.
“The gates are already connected.”
Ethan nodded lightly.
It was a sign of gratitude. The Turian said with a hollow smile at that sight.
“But we have something like this between us. Use the gate at any time. “It will take some time to recover.”
After the greeting ceremony was over.
I entered the gate where a huge amount of mana was shaking.
Before he knew it, he had arrived at Lacian’s home.
Inside a huge and luxurious mansion.
Mileton was already waiting in front of the gate. Ethan’s eyes lit up when he saw him.
When I left the academy and now.
Mileton had changed so much that it was difficult to recall his past self.
The same was true of the energy rising from my body.
It is said that the higher the level of the object of the sacrificial ritual, the less effective it is. The ‘sacrifice’ that Mileton absorbed was the essence of the transcendent duke and the masters who were close to superhumans.
At this level, it could be said that it was strange that even though it was an apostle, there was no rapid growth.
‘Right now… are we at the edge of superhumanity?’
Even with dozens of sacrifices, it was not possible to break through the wall leading to transcendence, but it was certain that it had achieved enormous growth to the point of cracking the huge wall. What Mileton needed was time. As time passes, the knowledge and essence that surrounds his body will push him further and further.
“…I can’t wait to see you.”
“I heard the news.”
Although the news of Gerond’s death had not yet spread, Hans and Marcus were already by his side. It was no wonder that the duke knew details about this incident.
“…It just so happened that things happened like that.”
“Do you regret it?”
“…no. “I don’t think my choice was wrong.”
These were calm words, but more than anything else, they were words that comforted me deep inside my heart.
“By the way, are you the head of the family now?”
“You are the youngest duke.”
Mileton flashed an awkward yet bitter smile. The reason why the head of the family was able to become a duke as soon as he closed his eyes was because many of those who followed the previous duke’s orders closed their eyes en masse. Strictly speaking, like Ethan, he did not become a duke through his own efforts.
He was still at an incomparably high altitude.
‘So… you need to get help.’
Strictly speaking, the relationship between Lacian and Ardan was bad.
It was like that even when Gerond was alive. I knew that it was shameless and shameful to ask for something like this, given that I had only taken classes at the academy, but…
‘Now is not the time to be reckless.’
Lacian’s situation was not good. Not only did many of the family’s leaders die, but the relationship with the king’s side was at its worst.
The only forces to rely on are Agiles and Eltanis, who have been interacting with each other so far. However, Mileton had no intention of continuing to interact with them.
Wasn’t this a family that was involved in the death of not only the mother and younger brother, but also the death of the father?
The enemy who took away the entire family was Aguiles.
In addition, everyone from Count Volfar, who was said to be Agiles’ second-in-command, to the warlock who was preparing the ritual, closed their eyes.
There is no way Agiles will just sit back and watch. Outside help is definitely needed. In the end, there is only one way for Lacian to survive.
The moderates and the king.
Receiving help from Duke Ethan, who is in deep contact with both forces.
“…I know very well that Lacian has committed many evil acts. My father and other major retainers certainly acted like that. But things will change from now on. So…”
“Let me convince the king.”
In the first place, Ethan had no intention of throwing away Mileton.
Improving Lacian’s constitution.
This was a very important tile for him, and thanks to his good use of it, he was able to take out his main enemy, Gerondra, without breaking his nose.
‘The growth potential is also huge.’
The effects of the sacrificial ritual will become more and more active over time.
As your level increases, you will begin to understand the knowledge that contains the secrets of ascension that you cannot understand now.
To restore Ardan’s glory.
And even to destroy the Yongin tribe.
That was Ethan’s purpose.
For this, numerous allies were needed. As the size of alliances built on good faith increases, it will become easier to achieve the goal. Lacian was a family with the potential to serve as one of the core forces of the friendly army.
‘Well, now is not the time to call territory.’
A family of great heroes who saved the kingdom.
The reason this image was able to be solidified was because Ardan never showed greed.
If they had continued to expand their power like Agiles, they would have been recognized as a huge family, but they would not have been able to gain trust.
Ardan was a faithful family. And Ethan was a nobleman who inherited Ardan’s blood.
Since I already thought of Mileton as the new leader of Lacian, I had no intention of breaking that idea.
Mileton was a guy I liked quite a bit. I guess you could say that his behavior is cute in its own way. Whenever I see this guy, memories from my childhood come back to me.
A time when I swung a sword with only a pure heart.
“…Thank you, Duke.”
Only then did Mileton heave a sigh of relief, as if he had lost some time. If it wasn’t enough to make the relationship with the King’s side amicable, the forces could be incorporated into the huge shadow.
‘Even if it’s Aguiles, it won’t be able to touch this place.’
We will be able to avoid pressure either through force or diplomacy.
“I will definitely repay this favor someday. “Definitely, even if it means sacrificing my life.”
Ethan said, waving his hand.
“Right now, a lot of knowledge is probably piled up in your head. “Isn’t that right?”
“…yes. you’re right.”
“Let me help you.”
“…Is that true?”
Mileton smiled happily.
The knowledge I gained in an instant was so vast.
Among them, most of them contained incomprehensible upward tricks. The ability to manipulate was confirmed in abundance in the last class.
If he helped me embody knowledge, I might be able to grow quickly in a short period of time. In a situation where many of the family’s leading figures and experts turned a blind eye, there was no one who could lead him. The duke’s help was like sweet rain in a drought.
Ethan nodded towards Mileton, who expressed pure gratitude.
I’m more thankful for this one.
Ethan didn’t bring up this offer purely out of goodwill. Today’s Mileton is a treasure trove of walking swordsmanship. If you look at his knowledge and continue training, you will naturally realize something.
Because he had reached the level of a transcendent in his previous life, Ethan was always thirsty for knowledge. Just because he is a transcendent doesn’t mean he knows all sword techniques, and his numerous knowledge will one day be helpful when breaking through the next wall.
This was an opportunity for him too.
* * *
“…You can’t contact Count Volfar?”
“What about other warlocks? Have they all lost contact with each other?”
Duke Himos’ face distorted. By now, the sacrificial ritual would have been over long before it ended. There was no way they wouldn’t report it on purpose.
‘…Could it be that the sacrificial ritual failed?’
It was a ritual that included enough sacrifices to overcome the wall of the transcendental. Considering the subject’s level and level of consciousness, it would not be surprising if side effects of which the subject was unaware appeared. One thing was certain, seeing as all the warlocks who had been dispatched lost contact at once.
‘Either he’s dead or the situation is so bad that we can’t even contact him.’
In fact, if it was the latter, it was safe to assume that he was just dead. The crazy transcendent was like a walking natural disaster. Even if it was Volfar, he wouldn’t have been able to resist.
“…Deploy as many intelligence agents as possible in Raythian. “Be sure to find out what happened.”
The moment when the retainer in charge of the intelligence unit cautiously left the office.
Enraged, Himos threw away his utensils. If Count Volfar had closed his eyes, it would have been a huge blow. As the second-in-command of the family, he had many tasks and experiments. He is someone who should never close his eyes now. Moreover, what if, in the worst case scenario, Gerond went crazy?
It was as if the great power that Agiles was relying on had collapsed.
‘…I need to hurry up.’
The secret laboratory was completely wiped out, resulting in the loss of numerous talents and materials. It was safe to say that the family’s development had set back about ten years.
The only thing I could trust now was the research on ‘immortality’ that was being conducted with the church. He lifted the crystal ball and breathed mana into it.
“…The archbishop’s situation has worsened again.”
-Did the sacrificial ritual fail?
“I don’t know if it was an exact failure or not, but all news from the warlocks who participated in the ritual has been cut off. Maybe… the duke, who was greedy for power, has gone completely crazy.”
-This is the worst.
A gloomy voice echoed through the covered robes. The church and Agileth were moving as one body. There was a painful similarity between the two. So much power has been reduced in just one year.
―Duke Hymos If Gerond has gone mad, you will not have much to rely on. Remember. The church always welcomes exiles.
“…If I belong to that side, will I be able to protect my family? “I don’t think so.”
If the church had the power to block the entire kingdom in the first place, it wouldn’t have been operating in the shadows like this. In Heidern, the church was powerless, as might be the case in empires or other kingdoms where their power was widespread.
―Instead of abandoning our homeland, we could preserve our power.
Himos flatly refused.
In a situation where there was no hope at all, it was not time to let go of everything yet.
“I think we should proceed with the research as quickly as possible.”
-To do that, you need materials to unclog the blockage. Immortality means utilizing the power of regeneration to the limit.
This was the research method that had been advanced so far. The problem was that the regenerative power of the human body was infinitely weak.
Even if you force your regenerative power to increase, if the powers are not harmonious, everything is useless. In the end, excessive concentration of power only brought about a terrible imbalance.
-We need more materials. A powerful material that can unite forces in harmony. For example… a by-product of the World Tree. I happened to find a place inside the kingdom where the World Tree is located.
“Where is the World Tree? “Did you find the elf?”
-exactly. It was located closer than I thought.
“Where is it?”
Himos’ eyes sparkled at those words.