＃When I returned, my family was ruined (226)
“Where is he?”
Anna opened the map and pinpointed a place. A southern region within the Kingdom of Ameria that is quite far from the capital. There were numerous mountains spread out where she pointed.
“Aachen Mountains. This is where their stronghold is located and where a significant amount of metal is deposited. “For metal dragons, it’s like heaven.”
“It’s quite far.”
“It will take four days to get there.”
It was said that the nearby dragons would be away for about a week, so that was enough time. In fact, the real sword match was bound to be decided in about a day.
“I’ve prepared a carriage, so you can ride comfortably. Oh. “Are those humans also accompanying us?”
There’s even a woman in the back who appears to be a spirit priest and a woman who appears to be a wizard.
Both were at a fairly high level for humans. Even so, they were so weak that they could not even make a scratch on the Iron Tyrant’s skin.
“If you’re thinking about doing that, I don’t really want to recommend it. He is called a tyrant, but he is more cunning than you might think. “I’m sure they’ll target those humans first, right?”
“I don’t really intend to do that.”
He alone was enough to hunt down the Iron Tyrant. This was confidence, not arrogance. A more refined flame from the Land of Fire.
As if that wasn’t enough, he obtained a new sword and gained enormous physical regeneration power through the immortality pill he obtained from Duke Himos. Even the ruler of the dragon race could have fought back at this level.
“Good idea. “Don’t the humans there agree?”
They both nodded. This was a story I had brought up before visiting this place in the first place. Reality must be judged calmly.
This was the extent to which we could help the duke. Besides, weren’t stealth and speed top priorities for this operation? If the work has reached the state of transcendence, my body will be in good health.
Anna, seeing that, nodded.
“…Take care of yourself, Duke.”
“May the spirit’s blessing be with you.”
After seeing the two people off.
Ethan bowed his head towards Muradni.
“Thank you for your help, Your Majesty.”
“I hope that help was useful. “Don’t get eaten by the monster, Duke.”
“That won’t happen.”
The King nodded quietly. If the Duke is defeated, the future of the Dwarf Kingdom will be much darker than it is now. In fact, the metal dragons who sacrificed themselves to drive into the Aachen Mountains will begin to run amok without knowing any limits.
‘I hope you succeed in your hunting…’
It won’t be too late to think about what happens next. After being seen off by his companions, Ethan entered the carriage. The interior of the carriage was made of the highest quality materials.
Not long after I sat down on the soft sofa, I began to feel the movement of the carriage.
He started running towards the south.
* * *
The Aachen Mountains had a rough terrain consisting of dozens of stone mountains. The land appears barren on the outside.
However, Ethan knew that an unimaginably large amount of metal was buried inside. Perhaps Muradni also knows this.
‘I must have been quite upset.’
If the Dwarf Kingdom had taken over this place, it would of course have become richer and stronger much faster. Nevertheless, the reason no dwarves were seen was because this area was designated as prohibited even within the kingdom.
It is an area known to have been occupied by the dragon tribe without permission. Naturally, among the people who had hatred towards the Dragon Clan, there was a strong argument that this area should be restored even if it meant starting a war, but this argument was not accepted due to opposition from the council, high-ranking ministers, and the king.
‘Muradni probably knows this too.’
By nature, dwarves were not a race specialized in combat. It should be seen as closer to equalizing the battle by using equipment that is far superior to that of other races.
Even now the situation was clear.
The highest-ranking knight protecting the king was at best a superhuman level. Fighting against a group of metal dragons with that kind of combat power?
It’s a sure loss.
An ordinary metal dragon could be hunted, but a ruler-level individual was different. Even if countless dwarves, ten thousand or one hundred thousand, attack him, it is impossible to hunt down the Iron Tyrant. The reason was simple.
‘Because it’s the worst compatibility.’
A dragon that absorbs metal and increases its internal strength. In the Dwarf Kingdom, not only was there no one skilled enough to pierce the Iron Tyrant’s outer shell, but there was also no powerful weapon capable of neutralizing the outer shell. To hate is to hate, and reality is reality.
The reason the Dwarf Kingdom was being helplessly devoured by the dragons was ultimately due to lack of power.
‘That’s a good thing.’
If you hunt down the Iron Tyrant, you will be able to build a good relationship with Muradni. He was a blacksmith with many uses.
The first thing to do is to hunt down the tyrant and then process the outer shell.
In order to process a shell comparable to Ardenheit, his assistance was essential. If there is active help from the Dwarf Kingdom…
‘It will be possible to implement some of the war weapons that we have seen.’
Some weapons we only know what they look like and how they work. Although it may not have much of an effect on the upper-level members of the dragon race, I knew of a few weapons that would work better than anything else on the lower-level members.
A representative example was the weapon called Magic Bullet. When the war with the dragon race reached its peak, there was more enthusiasm than ever for developing weapons. The magic bullet was one of the weapons created in the process.
It was simple to use.
A weapon that automatically fires a projectile with the same power as a cannonball when mana is flowing through it. Not only was it capable of attacking from a distance, but each shot was powerful enough to be similar to any attack magic.
‘It was truly an innovation.’
After the development of magic bullets, there was a joking worry that war mages would become unemployed.
If that weapon had appeared five years earlier, it would not have been so badly outgunned by the Yongin tribe.
It was a weapon that had not been realized until now. That was because it was an item developed by Muradni as a product of chance.
‘The fact that it was developed means that it has potential.’
If you just give me an idea, I’m sure we can bring that weapon to life once again. Solidarity with a capable blacksmith was a worthy reward, even compared to hundreds of millions of dollars.
In my thoughts, I began to hear the coachman’s voice.
“Your Excellency the Duke has arrived at the designated location.”
“no. And this is the item Anna told me to deliver. Please take it.”
What the coachman handed me was a cloak. It is also an item that can be called an artifact, filled with the energy of mana. I glanced at the driver and he continued his explanation.
“You said it is an item that has excellent performance in concealing its presence as well as a stealth function.”
“Let’s use it well.”
As he wrapped his cloak and infused mana into his body, his body became blurred for an instant. Although it wasn’t completely transparent, it was enough to play a role in deceiving the eye. The transcendent even received help from the artifact. Unless you are a tyrant, no dragon will be able to detect your presence.
He began to slowly advance towards the mountain range.
* * *
―So you’re saying you haven’t even found any traces of those humans?
The voice seemed peaceful at first glance, but there was anger inside that could not be hidden.
Beads of sweat formed on Kracetus’ skin.
Even for a division commander who could give instructions to countless members of his tribe, the dragon tribe in front of him was a fearful and terrifying being.
He said, “He was a monarch born with the blessing of metal from the moment of his birth.”
He was a monster who chewed up all six of his siblings and parents before even ten years had passed.
At the age of 20, he was the usurper who exploded the head of the previous tribe leader, ‘Steel Heart’, and was one of the six great stars who commanded the Balaur War. The name Iron Tyrant was given to him when he ate the previous tribal leader.
Therefore, even the division commander Kracetus, who rarely bowed his head, could not help but feel fear.
Because all rulers were like that. Beings born with the power to naturally obey.
―Great ruler, we are currently mobilizing all available compatriots to scour the mountain range. If you give me just a little time, I will definitely bring those kites who killed my compatriots here.
He gave his answer carefully and lowered his head as if begging for mercy.
The silence that felt like eons was just a moment. The voice of a tyrant was heard.
-It’s just a little bit.
-One day is enough.
-Can you hang your neck?
Kracetus closed his eyes tightly.
It was one of the types most hated by tyrants. That’s why I shouldn’t say anything nice to hear in front of him, even if it’s just a formality. Then, the moment I was asked if the flattery was real, I had no choice but to risk my life.
This was a fact that Cracetus also knew very well. Nevertheless, the reason I answered the tyrant’s question within one day was because the situation was unavoidable.
Two or three days.
It felt like if he kept talking for a slightly longer time, his head would be blown off before he could find the humans. The mood of the tyrant whose territory had been invaded was greatly depressed.
‘shit. ‘What a bunch of damn humans.’
The incident occurred just about a week ago. The compatriots who played the role of porters transporting ore began to disappear one by one. At first it was considered insignificant, but the situation became more and more serious as time passed.
Porters, guards, managers and not only that, but also executives. In particular, the disappearance of executives was not something that could simply be overlooked. The tyrant was someone who wanted to rule everything under his hands, so the executives always had to report to the tyrant first before taking action. Otherwise, I wouldn’t even be able to complain even if my neck got sore.
Several executives who knew this very well disappeared overnight as if they had gone missing?
Only then did the executives realize.
That an intruder had entered the Aachen Mountains.
And that the intruder was so strong that he could kill an official and leave almost no trace.
time of the week.
Numerous bodies appeared and it was still the same. All they had figured out until then was that the intruders were humans, that they moved around in groups, and that they were incredibly good at using swords.
Anyway, one thing was certain.
The truth was that the tyrant was very angry because of the group of insolent humans. To the point where he, the commander, would rip off his own head if they were not killed within a day.
After he breaks his neck by not being able to find humans, the tyrant will take action himself.
By then, the heads of many of our compatriots will probably have been blown off.
-I will bet.
-I will give you full authority. Let’s go out and see.
Kracetus smiled happily. Receiving full authority means that you can use the elite guards that directly protect the tyrant. At least one life path had been created. It’s still a rough road, though.
Kracetus, who exercised his commanding authority in search of the royal guards in the underground palace, hurriedly left the palace.
There was no time.
I had to find those humans, even if it meant taking all the metal dragons with me.