＃After returning, the family was ruined (243)
A dark-colored armor that is tough yet soft and has excellent elasticity and firm elasticity. The combination of the duke’s solid body and armor as one was terrifyingly beautiful.
So it was.
I escaped from the Land of Fire while staring blankly at his back.
“Good job Isera.”
“No, Your Excellency the Duke.”
Ysera quickly lowered her head. In fact, nothing he had done existed. The duke was a man of skill who could open the passage of fire with his own strength.
The only thing I could do to show off my credit was to ask the person with whom I had a loose contract to come visit me. Ysera sighed inwardly. The period of the contract with the monarch was at most a year or so.
Since I signed the contract while I was an academy student, which now remains like a vague dream, there was actually not much left until the contract period ended. As His Excellency the Duke taught me, I continued to train and increase my fire attribute power, and
to be honest, I worked hard. Ysera thought so in her own way. It was a much better life than spending each day meaninglessly, being satisfied with the talents I had been given in the past. Despite this, there was little progress in her relationship with the monarch.
The Spirit Lord was a very secretive being. At most, the document only mentioned a story about a great spirit with amazing talent making a contract hundreds of years ago, but other than that, there was no other information. We could only vaguely guess its strength from stories that are now dismissed as legends.
That’s why it was really frustrating.
‘I need to proceed with the contract as soon as possible…’
I don’t know how to turn this provisional contract into a real contract, and I’m not sure if the Spirit Lord likes me…
These days, the Duke has been in his position. There were many times when it was empty. It was the same this time too. When I said I was hunting down the ruler.
The feeling of being out of breath will not be forgotten even after a long time has passed.
I was that scared at that time.
Six rulers known as servants of the Dragonlord. They were as infamous as the monarch.
Many powerful people perished in the flames of war.
Is that it?
The dragon race was still getting stronger. And it absorbs human technology at an unimaginably fast rate. I was afraid that the duke might get hurt, and the fear that grew incomparably bigger than that fear was… a
deep sense of self-destruction that I might not be of any help to the duke.
“I will go alone this time.”
I couldn’t forget when the duke said those words. At least until I had to deal with the ruler, I was able to follow his movements, albeit slowly.
But it was different now. Because compared to the Duke who had overcome the wall of transcendence, he was still only a superhuman. What does it mean to be praised by the public?
In the end, he’s just a half-baby who can’t be of any help to Jeong-in. Those feelings have been aggravated with each recent visit to the Land of Fire.
The reason was simple.
Lorotia. This was because the temperature difference between the spirit monarch and the duke was significant. There, he was still just a bridesmaid. This was clearly revealed just by looking at Lorotia’s attitude of not saying a word to the contractor.
I knew it. It’s been like that since the first contract. If it weren’t for the duke, I wouldn’t have even heard of Lorothia’s name, let alone met her.
Ultimately, the reason he was able to sign a contract with the monarch was because of the duke’s good offices.
―Hmm, talent is useful in its own way.
I recalled what I heard when I first encountered Lorotia. Was it really worth it? Were those words full of sincerity?
It was a tone that seemed undesirable. It certainly was. Rather, I looked at the duke with eyes dripping with regret. If you think about it, Lorothia’s cold attitude is nothing unusual. Because it was like that from the beginning.
In the end, it was Lee Sera herself who accepted the contract out of curiosity. To show my usefulness to the duke. To help him. So she wanted him to look at her one more time…
What was the result?
Compared to the peacock who was busy walking as if the day was a waste, he ended up wandering around in the darkness without making any progress. It was an extremely pathetic result.
She had a gut feeling deep inside.
That the contract will probably not be extended. Because in the end, it was not the monarch who expressed his regrets, but the duke.
It was sad. And I was depressed. It feels like the duke is getting further and further away. Those feelings were doubled by this journey.
The reason was simple.
In fact, the wizard who was in the same position as him showed surprising performance. She went beyond proving her usefulness and showed results so great that they made the duke’s eyes widen.
To put it another way, it was the flowering of talent. It is also a gorgeous flower that blooms with very brilliant buds. The Duke is a kind person, so he may not show it out loud, but he will definitely begin to value Ilya more than he does now.
On the other hand, what about yourself as a half-penny?
You will start to cry and stamp your feet as the distance begins to grow infinitely. A desire that I had never felt in my entire life began to fill my entire heart.
It was a thirst for talent.
It’s not enough.
It’s not enough.
It’s not enough.
Banpoon can’t even follow a single step.
Half a penny….
It was needed.
So desperate that my throat goes beyond burning and my vision blurs.
How do you persuade the monarch?
Is it something worth working harder than now?
no. Ysera felt it instinctively. The wall of transcendence I faced for the first time in my life was too strong. This was something that needed time. Didn’t the duke say that too? Don’t be in a hurry. That could actually be poisonous.
It was something I could understand with my head. The problem is that the mind is completely separate. It was when I was chewing the inside of my mouth.
[Can I help you with the contract?]
I heard a voice. A very familiar voice to her.
* * *
After seeing the king off.
Ethan looked at Anna.
“How long are you going to chase me?”
“It’s a shame. “You were planning to go soon?”
The girl who grumbled turned her back. That too for a while. Anna paused for a moment and looked at Ethan.
“wait for a sec. “The religious leader asked me to tell you this.”
“Dwarf Kingdom. “Wouldn’t you be quite anxious if you left like this?”
Ethan thought for a moment and nodded. It wasn’t wrong. Other rulers may not come, thinking it is a trap.
There is no such thing as a 100% chance in anything in this world. If not, wouldn’t they be able to pretend to be crazy and attack the palace? However, it was not possible to always be on standby in Ameria for Muradni.
So, I was planning to stay here for about a month to see the trends. Because we have to take responsibility for the minimum level of safety.
Afterwards, I planned to contact the Duke and talk about exchanges with the Dwarven Kingdom. Of course, that was a precautionary measure that could not guarantee 100% safety.
Even if one ruler attacks, it is dangerous, but in the worst case, two rulers may attack together.
“I think we can alleviate that anxiety a little bit.”
“Are you asking for permission to have religion? “If that is the case, I will dismiss it.”
No matter how difficult it was, introducing a doctrine that believed in the dragon race into the kingdom was just one of the worst options. Not only was it obvious that Muradni would not be able to understand it right away, but it was also clear that in the end, the kingdom would slowly fester like before.
“You’re impatient. We haven’t even offered a price yet? “What the duke is worried about won’t happen, so I don’t think there’s any need to stare at him as if he’s going to eat him.”
“Then ask again. “What is the price?”
“ruler. “You’re not planning on killing just one person and ending it, are you?”
Although it was not answered, it was a question that was practically answered.
The fuse was pulled anyway.
Although he has now completely hidden his identity, there is no secret in this world that can be maintained forever. At some point, you will definitely notice it. Even if you don’t notice, I have no intention of just staying here.
Calamity and shadow.
Among the six rulers, I was planning to punish those who were especially harmful to humanity.
Whether it’s a close anniversary or a distant one.
In the end, it was said that there was only a difference in time, but the result of colliding was the same.
“I heard that our great leader has plans to protect the entire Dwarven Kingdom, at least until the Duke hunts down Calamity and Shadow? “And that’s for free.”
“Speak clearly. “That means it’s not free, it’s paid.”
What the religious leader wants is to wipe out rulers who have opposing tendencies. Ethan is used as that sword.
“Well, okay. In fact, let’s say it’s paid. So, are you willing to accept it?”
“Protection only lasts until one ruler is hunted.”
If disaster and shadow disappear, there are only three rulers left. Now that the cult leader has wiped out the forces that threatened him, he will turn his blade on Ethan.
A hunting dog whose role is over is boiled and eaten. At that point, the Dwarven Kingdom would be no different from sticking its head into the jaws of a tiger.
Who would accept such a contract? At Ethan’s correction, Anna, who was flowing mana into the necklace, nodded.
“good. I will thoroughly protect that cute bearded dwarf from here. Of course, I will do my best to protect the other gophers as much as possible.”
The Dwarven Kingdom needed protection, at least until one more ruler died. I was planning to stop by every now and then to check for any abnormalities, as they could have done something wrong. At this level, it would be a good deal.
“Oh, by the way, you’re not going to show off that armor like you advertise it, are you?”
“Of course not.”
“Then that’s it. “I really want to go.”
Anna’s new brother has disappeared. Ethan, who was staring at it, infused mana into the armor. The circuit burned white. Soon after, the size of the Mukryongap began to gradually decrease.
At a length of close to 1.8m, it folded in half, then in half again, and then in half again. The armor, which continued to narrow its body size, had previously changed to the size of a plum. An ordinary person who could not sense mana at all would mistake it for a small, inky-colored fruit.
It had been a long time since the momentum that had been shaking everything had subsided. This was because among the engraved circuits there was a function to hide the mana of the artifact. Of course, if an expert of transcendent level or higher approaches closely, he may be able to notice to some extent.
Ethan planned to block even that possibility as much as possible.
The method was simple. Putting it in a magic bag.
The magic pouch attached to his waist also had an activated mana blocking function. Not only was the double blocking not enough, he also covered the entire pocket with his mana.
Unless you close the distance to within 10m, it will be difficult for you to feel the tyrant’s energy even if you are the ruler.
If you get that close, it’s virtually the same as fighting. At that time, all you have to do is willingly accept the challenge.
Now it is time to return to the duchy.