＃When I returned, my family was ruined (225)
[It’s a great sword. I understand why it was called the new sword.]
Lorotia’s reaction upon seeing the new sword was so calm that it could not have been more simple. As a being with great power, it did not seem to have a great desire for weapons. The monarch, who was looking around at the group, looked at Ethan.
[Are you going back?]
The week spent in the Land of Fire could be said to have been an extraordinary day for Ethan. This is because it was a place where even the smallest items had a heat comparable to white flame.
As a fire knight, I wondered if there was a better place to train than this. During my stay of at most a week, I was able to deeply consider the nature of flame.
This is probably a realization that I would not have gained if I had simply spent time on the continent. It was the same for Isera. As she has mainly dealt with fire spirits from the beginning, her knowledge of flame is much deeper than that of other attributes.
Moreover, hasn’t he made a contract with the Fire Lord? To her, the Land of Fire was like a land where smoke rolled around like stones on the road.
This was especially true with meals.
At every meal time, he would give me various fruits, saying that Lorotia was a specialty of this area, and they were all food full of the energy of fire, no different from spiritual food.
Here on the continent, you can eat spiritual objects that can be obtained by catching fire-related spiritual objects, but you can eat them as if you were eating a meal.
‘It got easier.’
Until she visited the Land of Fire, she felt quite burdened by communicating with the monarch.
But it was different now.
Isera’s energy had become more refined to the point where she could have a light conversation without any pressure. It is a great opportunity.
[okay. Please open the door for me.]
Lorotia nodded willingly. In fact, the things that were simply introduced as ‘fruits’ to humans were elixirs that grew on fire trees, which were few and far between in the Land of Fire. It is a treasure that even the highest level spirit of fire would covet.
The reason why such treasures were taken out so generously was simple.
One year deadline.
It was the time when a provisional contract was signed with Lee Sera. But unfortunately, with Ysera’s talent, she would not be able to summon herself. Even if one year was given, it would be the same.
There is no way he can achieve growth worthy of his achievements. A provisional contract was ultimately a type of contract. Ascertaining the status of a contractor is easier than a piece of cake for a spirit. This was especially true for a monarch-level spirit like himself.
The prediction was exactly right. In order to grow enough to summon oneself in a short period of time, one year at most, this is only possible if the spiritist has a talent similar to that of the Duke. What if I fail to meet the conditions of the provisional contract?
There was no way to stably appear on earth. At most, I can only visit once in a while, when the Duke creates a passage of fire.
However, that method has a fatal drawback. Being a spiritist is not a profession that exists for nothing. The most important crossroads connecting the spirits and the earthly world. That was the role of the spiritist.
Spirits could not manifest into the earthly world unless something special happened. This also applies to special entities such as Lorotia.
‘I had no choice but to overdo it.’
A passage of fire opened by the Duke. Every time she appeared through that place, Lorotia had no choice but to expend enormous amounts of power. In the end, only the road was left open, and there were no spirit masters who would appear on the surface and shoulder the coming burden.
Of course it was worth it.
A place like heaven for spirits. Why do spirits living in places like this respond to contracts handed down by spirit masters?
The earthly world is a terrible place for spirits to live.
The reason was simple.
Witnessing a new world.
It was a fun pastime and a change in perception for the spirits, and such changes were of great help to the living beings called spirits.
Spirits were beings that lived for a very long time unless something special happened. No matter how delicious a food is, if you consume it for the rest of your life, you are bound to get bitten.
Life in the spirit world could be said to be that kind of feeling for spirits. That is why the spirits readily accepted the contract with humans.
For them, it was only an investment of a very short period of time, but the return they could get from such an investment was much greater than living in the spirit world.
However, although the monarch gained enormous power and authority from the moment of birth, he was an entity that could not enjoy such entertainment. A spiritist capable of summoning a monarch-level entity only appeared once every hundred years or so.
Therefore, for Lorotia, Ysera and Ethan had no choice but to be special beings.
In the sense that Lee Sera has a talent that is good enough to establish at least a provisional contract with her.
Even though the Duke is not a spiritist, he is able to create a passage through which he can travel to and from the earthly world.
In the next generation, the next generation, and even after countless generations have passed, will such beings be able to appear on the earth once again?
‘…It must be difficult.’
So, you have no choice but to invest generously in yourself.
Even though it was a spirit that grew from firewood, it was not a very valuable item to Lorotia. Rather, if this amount of investment could accelerate the date of formal summons to the earthly world, it was an investment that was too cheap to pay off.
Anyway, Lorotia was making a large investment in Ethan and his group. Inviting them to the Land of Fire, protecting them from the energy of flames for a week, and helping them create a divine sword.
It was because everyone wanted those humans to win.
In that sense….
‘Can we win?’
It was natural for these thoughts to come to mind. If the contractor and the duke turned a blind eye, it was bound to be very difficult.
Lorotia thought for a moment.
The dragon race called the Demon Dragon possessed extremely powerful power. It was to the point that even I couldn’t easily downplay it. If they face each other in the spirit world, they will definitely win, but if they face each other in the earthly world, this side will definitely lose.
The being that the duke said he would deal with this time was a ruler-level entity that was treated on the same level as the demon dragon.
Of course, there was no mention of it having the same power as a demon dragon.
‘I think it’s going to be a tough battle even if there are only 60% of the Demon Dragon.’
The Demon Dragon was a monster that surpassed the wall of transcendence.
If it were 60% of that level of power, it could be said that a decent transcendental person had enough power to eat steamed food. Even for a duke with a divine sword, he would not be an easy opponent.
Lorotia, who had been thinking about it, nodded as if she had made up her mind.
[I will give you a gift.]
[Yes, a gift.]
After speaking, Lorotia put her palms together. A round liquid began to form above it.
“What is this?”
[Water to drink.]
[okay. If you drink it, you will be able to summon me at least once, anytime, anywhere.]
If it really had that effect, it was no less than a great treasure. Ysera is not yet at the stage where she can directly summon the spirit lord. Moreover, it was difficult to hunt down the Iron Tyrant with her accompanying him.
This was because they had not yet been able to estimate the extent of the iron tyrant’s power.
It’s definitely weaker than the Demon Dragon, but we don’t know ‘how weak’ it is. In such a battle, accompanying a superhuman who had not yet achieved transcendence was likely to be a weakness instead of a strength.
For example, instead of receiving help from the fire spirit, he has no choice but to passively engage in battle to protect Ysera. But the Spirit Lord was different.
Although he may not have been officially manifested on the surface by the Spiritual Master, he will not be weak enough to be mistreated by the Iron Tyrant.
It will definitely help in battle.
‘It’s kind of… an extra life savings.’
No treasure is more precious than life. Ethan knew that very well. It was like receiving a great gift. He bowed his head slightly towards Lorotia.
[It’s okay to say thank you, so go ahead and drink it.]
The water that had formed on the monarch’s hand floated toward Ethan’s mouth. When I opened my mouth, liquid began to flow down my esophagus. The taste was more unique and unusual than expected.
How should I express this?
Taste of fire?
It was literally like that.
The scent of the water was similar to the fiery taste that comes from smoking meat. The water flowing down the esophagus gradually spread throughout the body. The blood vessels spreading throughout my limbs greedily absorbed moisture.
[Give me your hand.]
Holding hands like that, Lorotia spread the energy of fire into Ethan’s body.
[With this, the procedure is completed.]
“Have you signed a contract?”
[Hmm… It’s similar to that, but it’s not a contract. I just created a kind of disposable route. Besides, you’re not even a spiritist. There is no way to make a summoning contract with a spiritist.]
If non-Spirituals could contract with spirits, Ardan would already be overflowing with knights who made contracts with fire spirits and summoned spirits.
If that had been the case, it would have been called the Spirit Knight’s Family rather than the Knight’s Family. Although it was not a family made up of spiritists, there were quite a few of the family heads who had summoned fire spirits.
“I wonder how to proceed with summoning. “Will it come if we create a path for fire like before?”
[If that were the case, I would have just said to make a passage when it’s urgent. There are two main ways to summon me. first. I was able to understand the state of your body through this path. If it is determined that you are in danger, you will appear on your own.]
“Then what about the second?”
[You just have to repeat my name in your head three times.]
It was dozens of times easier and simpler than previous summoning methods. When your life is at risk, there is no need to discuss which is easier: creating a passage of fire by generating white flames or just repeating the process three times.
“Aren’t you overdoing it?”
[It’s okay once. Well, if anything goes wrong, five years of recuperation is enough. For a spirit, that amount of time is only a moment.]
“…I will not forget your grace.”
[done. Let’s go now.]
With Lorotia’s hand gesture, the space was torn apart and a portal was created. It was a portal connected to the earthly world. The designated location was inside the mine where Muradni had previously been encountered.
By the time we left the Land of Fire and arrived inside the mine. A familiar voice was heard along with the chilly air.
It was Anna’s voice.
“You must be such a bad person to cheat on a lady for so long.”
“Are you ready?”
“finished. The tyrant’s minions must be running around frantically right now. “That means he will be alone for at least a week from now.”
“Now it’s time to pay your dues, Duke.”
Ardenheit and the circuit of the divine sword.
It was time to receive the return on investment from the Duke in front of us.