＃When I returned, my family was ruined (190)
Continental swordsmanship competition.
It was a huge competition that every knight dreamed of participating in. The best knights from each country gathered to compete against each other, so as long as you were in the top rank, you could not only gain great fame, but also receive all kinds of love calls.
In addition, the continental swordsmanship competition was a competition that had a symbolic meaning for knights in that they could participate only once in their lives.
It is a word that usually refers to twenty years. Therefore, the period in which swordsmanship competitions were held lasted twenty years. However, to participate in the competition, you had to be under 30. This was the reason you could participate only once in your life.
Suddenly, I felt a piercing gaze.
Myers was looking at him with burning eyes.
“Speaking of the swordsmanship competition. “How far can the knight commander and I go?”
“I will make it through the preliminaries.”
“Huh? “Preliminaries at best?”
Myers was very surprised.
The skill of the knight commander who learned the dragon slayer sword from Ethan could be said to be comparable to that of an 8-star knight. Didn’t it continue to be a tense battle every time we sparred?
With an 8-star rating, he was one of the few high-ranking knights in Heidern. It means a powerful person in the kingdom. But it’s only a preliminary round. Although he was silent, Nerian also had a puzzled look in his eyes.
“…Isn’t the evaluation too salty?”
“I can’t say anything about the finals. “You never know who you might face right now.”
Although the competition was held in his previous life, Ethan did not participate. Although I remembered the names of the knights who advanced to the round of 64 to some extent, I did not know the exact level of their level.
Basically, this was because the knights participating in the competition hid their skills as much as possible. Because there was nothing good about showing off one’s full potential.
Moreover, at that time…
‘there was an attack.’
As the tournament entered the round of 64, there was an attack by the Yongin tribe.
In the end, the competition ended in vain, leaving behind only casualties. That’s why he wasn’t sure exactly how far the two would rise.
“That’s true, but…”
Myers glanced regretfully.
“Hearing good words doesn’t mean your skills will improve. “During that time, train yourself for even just one more second.”
“…That’s right. “At times like this, it’s like a real knife.”
“I’m saying this all for you. “Even if you reach the level of 8 stars, don’t you know that it is only a common level in swordsmanship competitions?”
That was correct.
Because it was not simply a gathering of powerful people from one kingdom, but a competition where all of the greatest knights from the Western Continent gathered in one place. In particular, not only the sons of famous families but also knights who suddenly appeared from outside the circles were very threatening. This was because among those people, there were those who had received training from a secluded master.
‘…Still, we’ll go to the round of 64.’
A preliminary round to select 256 people who will advance to the finals. Unless there are any special variables, I will easily pass the preliminaries.
Usually, people’s names moved up and down the rankings starting around the top 100. Of course, there were areas where the standards were clearly divided, such as the top 100, top 50, top 30, and top 10.
Even taking that into account, it could be said that those in the top 100 are talented people who are also welcomed by well-known artists.
Because of my pride, I can’t just pull up in the top 100, but wouldn’t Ardan’s name be said to have shined only if he was in the top 60?
If you think about it, my brother was a truly amazing person. Because I received a golden invitation like no other invitation to this huge competition.
An invitation that, if you receive it, will allow you to advance to the round of 16 without even lifting a finger. As such, the number of gold-level invitations was small and strict qualifications were required for those distributed. Even though he picked up a sword as soon as he was born, underwent rigorous training, and was showered with high-quality elixirs, his chances of receiving a gold-level invitation were not high.
However, Ethan received the invitation even though he had been living in bed relying on magic tools just a year ago.
The growth rate was beyond shocking and unbelievable.
‘…If you think about it, it’s really amazing.’
So much so that it would not be insufficient to say that it is the second coming of the first patriarch. Just as Ardan has done so far, Ardan of his time will also win the swordsmanship competition. Myers had no doubt about that.
The carriage arrived at the marquis.
The Turian Marquis welcomed the group with Beoseonbal.
“It’s been a while, Duke. A hero has appeared in Heidern!”
“It’s been a while, Lord Myers! Nerian hardness! Please rest comfortably at the estate. “If you want anything, just say it!”
The hospitality went beyond simple hospitality and was treated with extreme hospitality. That was enough to make even my companions hold out their tongues.
“…That’s amazing. “I didn’t expect that I would be treated like this by the posthumous writer.”
It was a treatment I couldn’t even dream of when I was fighting with the 10 collateral families. In the end, all this hospitality was due to the power and potential of the Duke of the time.
To put it bluntly, would Ethan have been treated like this if he had continued to live in bed?
Rather, if you had kicked them out with salt in them, they would have kicked you out. In the end, the most important thing in this world was the power one had.
‘Right now I am being treated like this thanks to my brother’s halo…’
It will change after the competition ends. Myers Ardan. Ardan’s surname was also present in his own name. As a member of Ardan, I will prove that I am worthy of being treated by everyone.
The marquis was not the only one who received hospitality. When I boarded the gate leading to the royal castle, I was greeted by a series of welcomes from big names.
In particular, Marquis Lionel’s eyes were more than sparkling, they were sparkling brightly. The reason was simple.
Unlike the last time, when I was staying at the border of superhumanity, now…
“Duke… have you crossed over the wall of transcendence?”
This was because his energy itself had become even more blurred to the point where even he could not easily grasp his momentum. The control of energy has become so adept that it cannot be caught even by the eyes of a transcendental person.
That meant that the duke had grown one step further than before.
The next level of superhumans was….
There were only a few transcendents in each kingdom.
The Duke smiles faintly.
When I saw that there was no denial, my guess turned into certainty.
“That’s amazing. “Really… congratulations.”
A shock that went beyond simple surprise. Thanks to that, Lionel’s tone sounded gloomy at first glance.
Ethan nodded quietly at those words.
Last three months.
Through the training I continued before participating in the competition, I was able to step into the state of enlightenment.
The beginning of the Transcendent.
We have finally reached that stage.
After a short conversation, I had an audience with the King along with Marquis Lionel.
Delprion’s mood was consistently biased toward the high side. Didn’t someone who received a gold-level invitation appear at Heidern?
“Please make the name of the kingdom shine.”
Continental swordsmanship competitions also had important meaning for each country. For a country to prosper, the present is important, but the future is just as important. The competition was one of the means to predict the future.
To put it simply, didn’t the magistrates predict the future power of each kingdom based on how many talented people were in the ranks?
“I will do my best.”
“I have high expectations not only for the Duke, but also for Lord Myers and Sir Nerian.”
“I am devastated. your majesty.”
“Are you planning on leaving right away today?”
“Do you have something to say?”
I saw him nodding his head.
“Then it doesn’t matter if we leave tomorrow or the day after.”
The capital of the Kingdom of Limedell was located far away, but distance had no meaning from the moment you used the kingdom’s gate. Except for himself, all his group had to do was arrive before the preliminaries started.
“Then let’s talk for a moment.”
The companions left the throne room.
The only ones left are Ethan and Delprion.
“…I have some news to tell you.”
“It looks like the religious leader will be attending this convention.”
“…You mean the cult leader?”
Delprion nodded heavily.
“I haven’t been able to find out the reason, but it seems certain that he is visiting the Kingdom of Limedell. “Because it was written that way in a letter sent from the empire.”
Not much was known about the cult leader. All that is known to the world is that he is the head of the Naraxus Church and the spiritual leader who leads the seven archbishops.
Almost no one looked inside the dark-colored robe. Probably only the emperor of an empire or a high-ranking noble would be able to look at his bare face. Even Ethan, who had experienced a past life, did not know the identity of the cult leader.
Even though the religious order existed in the previous life, its power was incomparably weak.
They did not receive the protection of the Yongin people, nor were they recognized by official religious countries as they are now.
The perception of the sect was so bad that if anyone was discovered to be a member of the sect, they would be persecuted to the point of being burned at the stake.
A little cult of sorts.
The church had at most that level of power. A group that cannot use memories of their past lives because their present life has changed so much.
That was the denomination.
While clearing out Heidern, he instructed Sylvia to dig up as much information about the church as possible, but there has been no significant gains so far. In fact, Ethan didn’t give the order with any expectations.
The distance between the Zeno Empire and Heidern was too far. The usual situation where there is no branch. How can you find out information when nothing is given?
The only thing that was revealed was that the security at the headquarters was completely different from the branch I saw in Heidern.
In particular, information about the cult leader was close to being a top secret.
A person who has been so secretive that he has not been able to properly carry out even the most common external activities while the church has been growing until now.
How could such a person directly participate in this competition?
‘…I can’t overlook it.’
It would be foolish to think that there is no purpose.
Perhaps a situation similar to the blood death of Imrahil that occurred in his previous life could be repeated again.
Ethan’s eyes lit up.
‘Can I deal with this guy?’
The cult leader would not be stronger than the dragonlord he faced in his previous life. Even so, it is certain that it has a force that cannot be ignored.
‘There is a high possibility that the dragon clan named Anna is also a member of the cult leader’s gang.’
At least, it seemed clear that the religious leader’s strength was a level above Anna’s in that he was attempting to engage in external activities.
‘It won’t be easy.’
Even if you have entered the realm of transcendence, dealing with him will be very difficult. Since his strength is incomparable to that of the Archbishop, he will most likely risk his life.
Even so, I had no intention of leaving here.
I had to find out what kind of plan this guy had.
A feeling of victory welling up in my heart.
As if responding to that, the divine sword hanging on his waist trembled.