＃After returning, the family was ruined (236)
In the middle of the night when the full moon was up, a human being came towards the royal family. It was Ethan. Although the knights of the royal guard were alert in all directions with their eyes wide open, it was not even an obstacle to him who had reached the state of transcendence.
The king’s bedroom had a more simple appearance than expected. Arms and huge hammers hanging everywhere. If there were no beds, one would have mistaken it for a blacksmith shop rather than a bedroom.
Muradni was sleeping peacefully in that huge bed.
‘Snoring is the same as before.’
As a little mana was infused into his body, his breathing began to fade.
After a while.
The King’s heavy eyelids slowly lifted. His eyes widened as he looked around blankly, as if in a trance.
“I see you again.”
A bitter smile appeared on Muradni’s lips. Even though they are a race that focuses on captaincy, they cannot filter out even a single intruder who enters the king’s residence.
To put it bluntly, if a tyrant had sneaked in, wouldn’t that mean he would have died at any time? He immediately shook his head and said.
“What happened to him…? Could it be that the hunt was successful?”
“yes. The entire group of metal dragons occupying the Aachen Mountains has also been hunted.”
“…Really? “You did it on your own?”
“It wasn’t my job to hunt dragons other than the tyrant. “It was done by those in collusion with the religious leader.”
Muradni’s feelings became complicated. It was a great feat to wipe out all the metal dragons, which were the direct and biggest threat to the kingdom, but did they say there were mountains beyond mountains? In return, the kingdom had no choice but to face other strong powers.
Starting from the power of the cult leader that I witnessed last time, to the master of the sword called Duke in front of me.
My head was pounding.
“…Anyway, I should first say thank you. Thank you so much for saving my kingdom. “Is there anything you want?”
“…Something? “I hope this is a favor I can grant.”
“It’s simple. “It’s just a matter of changing the composition of the council.”
“yes. “Isn’t this group full of people who are a thorn in the side of His Majesty’s eyes?”
Muradni was silent. It was because of his way of speaking that stabs at the facts. Twelve hammers. These were the people who made up the council.
Among them, nearly half of the dwarves were holding the metal dragon’s hand.
In fact, it would be no surprise to call them the tyrant’s servants.
I knew that they were like a cancer to the kingdom. However, just because he had the title of king, he could not do anything about them, so he just left them alone.
“Change… what does it mean?”
“It’s simple. “It’s about processing it.”
“Are you planning to kill the members of the council?”
“Aren’t they just people who were crazy about power and strength and tried to give the kingdom into the hands of the dragon clan?”
“You don’t think rehabilitation is possible, do you? “Because they are despicable people, they may bow their heads now, but they will show different actions in the future.”
Muradni’s feelings became complicated.
Hammer of Fire Centador.
Earth Shield Ocenta.
Rock Guardian Domain, etc.
The conference’s most prominent delegates flashed through my mind. The early days of establishing the kingdom. At that time, these people were not damaged to this extent.
They were just comrades who formed a group with enthusiasm to lift up the collapsing Dwarf race once again. How did they become so degenerate?
“Your Majesty, these are the people who have already turned their backs on you. Do you think that once a cracked glass can be restored to its original state?”
“…I guess not.”
“Now is the best time, when the Metal Dragon has collapsed and is in chaos. “You have to think of the religious leader.”
Muradni’s face hardened. The religious leader was a dragon. Wouldn’t those who were loyal to the Dragon Clan once be able to do so again?
The church was an organization that dreamed of advancing into the Kingdom of Ameria. They won’t just leave those who could become their mainstays alone. It will definitely be included.
the situation was clear even without looking. We will have to engage in political strife again with the leaders of the church, not the minions of the Metal Dragon. The kingdom’s policy will be set back again.
“Think about what the people of the kingdom want. “Is it collusion with the dragon clan that they want?”
Before the kingdom was established, more than a dozen tribes collapsed. By the hateful dragonkind. Even now, the pain of loss continues. What the people want is revenge, not collusion with the dragon clan. Muradni’s heart began to decline.
“…Duke, then what do you want? “Why are you moving like this?”
Do you, too, want to rule the dwarven kingdom?
The last words hung in the air, unable to come out of my throat.
I was afraid to ask a question. I wonder if even the duke, whom I now think of as my only ally, is actually operating while keeping his ambitions well hidden.
The duke, looking at Muradni’s face, shook his head as if he had heard a closed question.
“I don’t want to dominate. “I just want an ally who can fight against the dragons.”
“yes. Although the dragon clan has taken a step back now, they are the ones who can reveal their ambitions at any time. “Shouldn’t we also make our own preparations for such a time?”
It wasn’t wrong. Because the dragons are a pure and good race, they did not fight war. It is true that if it were not for Ardan’s sacrifice, the creatures of the Western Continent might have been reduced to their slaves by now.
“I want Your Majesty to continue politics without wavering.”
Because Muradni was one of the dwarves who hated the dragon race. The more like-minded people there are, the better.
“For him, Ardan will become your majesty’s sword.”
It was a truly tempting offer.
This was especially true in a situation where the duke fully revealed his talents while hunting down a tyrant.
It took a moment for me to swallow my saliva.
“…I promise if you show me good faith. The Kingdom of Ameria will create weapons to protect Ardan.”
The sea you wanted.
Soon he took out the shell from inside the magic bag. It was the material that made up the tyrant’s body until just a moment ago.
“This… must belong to a tyrant.”
Muradni recognized the fact at a glance. I couldn’t have known without knowing. This was the first time I had seen a material that shined so brightly since I saw Ardenheit.
“yes. “I want you to make my armor out of this.”
“Give me a moment.”
Muradni took the outer shell and looked at it for a while.
“…It’s a very high-grade material. It would be impossible to smelt it in the kingdom’s furnace. “I think I should visit the Land of Fire again.”
Ethan nodded. It was something I had expected. Wasn’t Ardenheit also a material that could not be smelted within the kingdom? It would not be an exaggeration to say that the outer shell of a tyrant was made of the same material.
“We will connect you soon. However, it seems that the person engraving the circuit will be different.
“Wasn’t there a cooperative relationship with the religious leader?”
“It’s not a very strong relationship. “It was only when we hunted the tyrant that we were able to receive help because our interests were aligned.”
Muradni was relieved by that answer. For him, a deep relationship between the dragon clan leader and the head of the Ardan family would be nothing short of a disaster.
“Is it possible that the wizard I saw back then will be in charge of production?”
“I think so.”
The religious leader was not someone easy enough for Ethan to control. If you ask, I can engrave the circuit, but of course you will owe me money.
‘You will have to repay your debt at a very high price.’
Even if the performance of the armor was lowered, using Ilia was a much more profitable option. Especially after seeing the cult leader’s circuit, didn’t his magical ability increase to the 9th level?
Even though it may not be perfect, it will definitely produce decent results.
‘I must tell the monarch.’
It felt like the debt I owed to Lorotia was increasing endlessly.
How on earth should I repay this?
If there was something the monarch wanted, he would at least look for it.
Maybe it was because her name was the Spirit of the Lord of Fire, but she didn’t seem to have anything in particular to wish for. At best, he seemed satisfied with just seeing the human world.
Then Ethan shook his head. Paying off debt was not too late to think about later.
“Oh. your majesty.”
“I would like you to keep the fact that you are in a cooperative relationship with Ardan as secret as possible.”
“It’s not difficult. “Is there any special reason?”
“We plan to conceal the background of this incident as much as possible.”
“Hide the story behind it?”
“The descendants of Ardan hunted a tyrant, and a group of humans hunted a tyrant. What do you think would be a threat to other rulers?”
“Of course it’s the former.”
Ardan’s achievements during the Balaur War were too many to express in words.
A descendant of such a family killed the ruler? This would be an issue that other rulers would take action on themselves.
Only then did Muradni understand Ethan’s true intentions.
“Right. “If Ardan suddenly enters into a close relationship with the kingdom… there may be some eyes of suspicion.”
“yes. Because the situation is so complicated. “There is no harm in being careful.”
Muradni nodded. No matter how strong Ethan is, he probably won’t be able to handle more than one ruler. If something like that were to happen, the Dwarf Kingdom would be in trouble as well.
The only hope to escape the shadow of the dragon race. Because that was Ethan. If he were to die, the kingdom’s complete independence would be completely lost.
“I will try to move as carefully as possible.”
“thank you. “Then I’ll just leave.”
Ethan’s new form disappeared into the darkness. Muradni’s eyes became confused when he saw that.
Delegates, including centadors.
Their power was so great that it rivaled that of the king of the country, but it was not enough to block the duke’s power.
He had a hunch.
Blood will flow.
There was so much blood that half of the members of the council were completely turned over. It was unavoidable for the Dwarven Kingdom.