# After returning, the family was ruined (176)
Only after the commotion quieted down did the knights begin to arrive one by one.
Among them was Nerian, the knight commander.
“Your Excellency the Duke! “Are you feeling okay?”
“If you give me the order, we will send a tracking team right away….”
“No, let’s continue maintenance as usual.”
Nerian bowed his head at the stern voice of the matriarch.
The appearance of the small doll that had just fought the Duke. Nerian was also able to look at her.
The duke’s white flame was so famous that there was no one in the kingdom who didn’t know about it. In a realm of fire where even one feels the cruelty.
Not only did he avoid the duke’s sword attack, but he also showed a relaxed attitude throughout. The opponent was clearly a top expert. That may be the reason why the dragon slayer’s approach was blocked.
Before joining the Dragonslayer.
Unlike his 6-star skills, Nerian’s skills were even more advanced.
As the leader of the knights, he was taught much more advanced swordsmanship than ordinary knights, and he worked tirelessly himself, thanks to Ethan’s active guidance.
Even though he has reached the level of being called a master in the world as an 8-star knight.
From the Duke’s still seemingly distant realm to the powerful hordes of enemies he faces.
As the leader of the knights who gathered to exterminate the dragon race, I could not help but feel shame and shame.
It was like that just today.
If the skills of the members, including himself, were much higher, there was no way the Duke would have dissuaded them from participating in the battle. In the end, their master had to fight alone against a powerful enemy.
If you think about it, it’s been like that before. When Duke Hymos and Archbishop attacked the elven Dominion.
Even back then, the enemies the Dragon Slayers were dealing with were not major figures like the Archbishop, but ordinary magicians under him.
‘…It can’t be like this forever.’
The duke’s main enemy was the famous Yongin tribe. Although they had been forced to retreat once in the past war, they had been growing their power in the shadows. No, strictly speaking, it wasn’t a shadow.
Aren’t the denominations that have a deep relationship with the Yongin people recognized as official ‘religions’ in each country?
And that too, with a sacred place called the Great Church in the Zeno Empire.
Nerian’s eyes turned to Ethan.
The young head of the family, who had just turned 20, had endless talents. That may be why he was able to shoulder such a heavy responsibility despite his young age.
“Your Excellency the Duke, is that girl from earlier… a member of the church?”
“It seemed so.”
Ethan spoke to the silent knight commander.
“To what extent have you mastered meal 3?”
“I think we can expand it to the mid-level.”
“What is the overall skill of the knights?”
“On average, it’s around 6 stars.”
The skills of the dragon slayer team, including Nerian, have improved to an incomparable level compared to a few months ago. That was clear when I thought back to when I first encountered the Dragon Slayer.
At that time, a 6-star knight could be evaluated as having the highest skill within the knighthood. Most of the rated knights had skills between 4 and 5 stars. Considering that, it was definitely an amazing development, but…
‘It’s not enough.’
Considering the enemies we would face in the future, it was certainly true that we were lacking.
Even if you set it to a minimum, you have to reach the level of skill of the Shadow Knights, the highest ranking knights in the kingdom, to be able to entrust your territory with peace of mind.
Ethan thought for a moment. The attack power of the Dragon Slayer itself was not bad. From the beginning, the dragon slayer sword was a sword that was heavily biased toward attack.
‘the problem is.’
The truth was that in order to properly implement the dragon slayer sword, a strong body was needed. The standard for being strong here was not human.
In order to deal with a monster, you must first become a monster yourself.
‘Body of the Balaur.’
The dragon race has a body that can generate strength several times greater than that of a human body, even without a single ounce of mana.
Is that it?
They were combining human skills and using technology as if they were humans. So, even for the humans who deal with him…
‘Such a body will be needed to maintain balance.’
Hunting the Yongin tribe in the same level with pure skill and talent? In fact, it is just a lie.
Those words apply only to a very small number of people like yourself.
Mana rushed into Ethan’s arms. The shaped mana suddenly resembled the appearance of a dragon.
Strictly speaking, this is a technique that only experts above transcendent level can use.
The reason was simple.
Because it was a technology that could only be used if delicate and precise mana control was a priority. To put it bluntly, among the current members of the Dragon Slayer, there was almost no one who could utilize Yonginhwa.
This was the same for Nerian, the knight commander, and Myers, who had recently been appointed deputy knight commander.
‘I’m going to need some supplies to help.’
Marquis Lionel imitated this technique immediately after seeing Yonginhwa, but it was doubtful whether he would be able to use Yonginhwa properly even after five years if he trained the Yongslayer in that way.
No matter how good a teacher taught, it was of no use if the basic knowledge needed to accept him was not supported.
How to apply acceptance to knights. I wonder if there is a way.
‘In the production of goods…’
there is no one like Illia.
“Please clean up after me.”
Ethan walked diligently.
* * *
“So… you want to make a potion? If you drink that, will your body change to resemble that of a dragon?”
“okay. “If there are any materials you need, we will provide them to you.”
In order to change the body to resemble that of the dragon race through mana, the first thing to do was to realize what the body of the dragon race feels like.
High-ranking knights, including Nerian, could change their bodies once with their help, but they could not provide education in that way to the rank-and-file knights, who made up the majority of the staff.
Not only was the time taken to enter, but there was bound to be a limit to constructing the body of the dragon race with their talent and body in the first place.
Ilya moaned with her eyes closed. Hundreds of combinations were running in her head.
“I ask you this first. “Do you think it’s possible?”
“…I don’t think it’s an impossible story at all. “If only the body changes…”
If you only want to change ‘some’ specific parts of the body, it may be possible, provided there are enough materials.
“What ingredients do you need?”
“The blood of dragons is the top priority… and this body just happens to have it. Add Mandragora leaves here to eliminate toxicity…”
Dozens of ingredients were written down on the paper. Although they were all valuable alchemy ingredients, they were not difficult to obtain for Ethan today.
“I think I can make the first test at this level.”
“Let’s rescue him as quickly as possible.”
“okay. “It will probably take about a month to manufacture the reagent.”
“It only takes a month?”
I thought it would take half a year at least. At those words, Ilya nodded vigorously.
“Didn’t you study the bishops’ corpses a few months ago? I was also doing my own research on how I could bring out Yongin’s power. “It seems like there was some overlap with your request.”
I thought they were just fiddling with the corpse without any results.
The result was achieved in an unexpected situation. It was good news for Ethan.
“As you said, I will try to transform the hands, arms and shoulders as much as possible.”
If only the three parts could be replaced with Yongin’s, the knights’ power would soar by half as much as it is now.
For now, that was a satisfactory result. At first, you will only be able to change your body with the help of drugs, but as time goes by and you get used to it, you will be able to change your body through pure mana.
It was like an investment for the future.
* * *
The king said something shocking to the ministers gathered at the royal meeting.
“Last night, news arrived from the Duke of Agiles. “They say they want to inherit the Duke’s throne.”
“You mean succession?”
This was unexpected news for most of the ministers present. succession. It literally means passing on the title of nobility.
There was only one person who could do such a thing. Duke Himos. But why does he suddenly want to hold a succession ceremony?
Not long ago, he would have shown that he was correcting himself at a meeting. The king spoke to the ministers who expressed their doubts.
“Duke Himos has died.”
What kind of news is this?
All the nobles, except for the king’s closest associates, could not help but be embarrassed by this news. The King looked around at the nobles and continued speaking calmly.
“They say you tried to trespass into Ardan’s territory with the church’s forces. “The Duke and Marquis Lionel will report further details.”
Two high-ranking nobles stepped forward.
It was Marquis Lionel who spoke first.
“I have been protecting Duke Ethan under orders from His Majesty for several months. Meanwhile…”
As Lionel continued, his astonishment grew.
The World Tree located in the Dominion of the Elves. It was surprising to hear that he had invaded the duchy without permission with his troops to target him, but what was even more surprising was the news that the two transcendents, Lionel and Duke, had helped Ardan exterminate the intruders.
It was said that the archbishop barely escaped with serious injuries, that all the bishops who followed him were executed, and that even Duke Himos met a miserable end.
The nobles’ eyes sank.
‘…Your Majesty tacitly agreed to this.’
‘Even so… I never thought they would kill Duke Himos…’
‘The tide has completely turned!’
Leading troops into another territory without permission was clearly a serious crime. However, even if it was a serious crime, punishing a duke-level noble without any trial…
was clearly going too far.
But no one could complain about it.
A moderate faction that has recently emerged as a force for the king. Not only did their leader personally discipline Himos, but even the king agreed to it….
‘If I speak out now…’
‘I’m sure I’ll get caught in Ardan’s eyes.’
From what I heard from the two transcendents, the archbishop escaped in poor condition after being fatally wounded by Ardan’s sword.
Even high-ranking nobles were aware of the strength of bishops and archbishops. Unlike Heidern, weren’t they running around actively in other kingdoms?
I heard that each one of them is a monster that has not only surpassed the level of transcendence, but can freely wield the power of a dragon.
The young duke defeated such a monster miserably.
Amazing growth in skills.
What was more terrifying than that was the fact that less than two years had passed since the head of Ardan awakened. Its potential and growth warranted much more caution than the king of a country.
“I have one more news to tell you.”
The king looked at everyone and said.
“Ardan has sent an official letter. Agiles’ trespassing resulted in the loss of many lives, and he will seek bloody revenge accordingly. “What do you all think?”
“It was Agiles who attacked first. “Revenge is a natural right.”
A burning duchy.
It was a scene that appeared in the nobles’ minds. Agiles’ end was approaching.