＃When I returned, my family was ruined (265)
A short scream was let out. The darkness that had spread around the shadow was seen to be quickly recovered.
Probably to recover from the wounds.
Ethan blew out white flames with impassive eyes. No matter which direction the guy was facing, the divine sword remained embedded in his body. It was a sight that could only be seen because the guy’s movements were perfectly read.
A new sword stuck deep into the shoulder blade. A grimacing shadow stretched out its arms as if complaining of pain.
It was to get Ethan away. However, unlike before, his attacks were too blunt and slow.
The arm surrounded by darkness was grabbed by Ethan’s hand. Not only are the hands filled with the power of a tyrant, but their hands are also covered in white flame due to their immortality. It was not a force strong enough to fight against the weakened darkness. The shadow’s arm was torn off in an instant.
Is this the last struggle?
The sight of his remaining arm swinging in all directions was extremely pitiful, like a doll tied to strings.
Both arms disappeared.
The darkness could no longer restore the ruler’s body. Light was penetrating into the curtain like a brilliant dawn.
An area that is slowly breaking apart.
There was despair in the shadow’s eyes. The difference in power was overwhelming.
Before he lost his life, he couldn’t even make a single scratch, let alone burst the Duke’s heart. Fear had already taken root in the shadow’s heart.
‘…It’s beyond imagination.’
It was terrifyingly strong.
So much so that one wonders how a mere human possesses such power.
You can’t avoid death.
It was already too late.
The moment the fact that I had vaguely thought about in my head became reality, the reason of the shadow coolly subsided.
Most of his family members, including himself, will face death. That was something that could no longer be handled.
What you can do now.
Even if we had to leave aside other mysterious rulers, we had to at least convey information to the ruler who moved together, Calamity. If we don’t do that, scapegoats will continue to appear. A cause for the dragon race.
It was the last mission given to him. The darkness of the fading veil penetrated into the body of the shadow until the last ounce.
The last of the vitality was squeezed out, and both arms began to regenerate rapidly.
The shadow squeezed his heart. Mana like the ocean spread beyond both arms and covered the entire body. An overwhelming sense of omnipotence. The shadow smiled bitterly at the power it would never feel again.
Soon a huge explosion exploded. A blow that threatened death was not something even Ethan could just ignore. He hastily put his sword into the ground. A shield made of white flame tightly blocked the front.
The new model has been pushed out.
One step, two steps, three steps… I was only able to fix my legs after being pushed seven steps.
I looked at the front.
The shadow’s mouth was seen trembling helplessly.
I ran straight towards him. The white flames gathered in the divine sword glowed brilliantly. I gathered my strength in my grip and struck the shadow’s head with all my might. The guy who had squeezed every last bit of his strength was unable to receive the divine sword.
The head, as slender as Sero, was split in an instant. The blade penetrates the skull and penetrates its interior.
Pure white flames began to burn the dragon’s head. From the ink-colored outer shell to the horizontally split red pupils.
The white flames turned everything into ashes. All that was left was a body that had lost its head.
Someone’s voice was heard through the ashes.
It was a very familiar voice.
Words made in the language of the Yong people.
It wasn’t that difficult to guess its identity.
‘It’s going to be a disaster.’
I looked towards where the sound was coming from. A necklace located on the shadow’s neck.
It was the source of the sound.
Ethan, who had been quietly looking at it, lifted his foot.
Mukryongap trampled on the jewel.
There was no way that a mere communication object could withstand a foot loaded with mana. The necklace exploded in all directions.
White flames flowed towards the neck where red blood was flowing out. With an acrid smell, the unclaimed throat became sore and the bleeding stopped. The mouth of the subspace pouch hanging on my waist widened.
The shadow’s body sank deep into subspace.
Even though the shadow was killed, the job wasn’t completely done.
Shadow descendants who invade the duchy without even knowing the subject.
Although the dragon slayer team, including Ysera, was dispatched, it will be difficult to block all defenses.
‘I guess I’ll have to lend a hand.’
Ethan’s new model has disappeared. All that remained in the forest were traces of fire.
* * *
Disaster looked at the necklace in front of him. The thing that had been humming just a moment ago had become dead quiet. His face hardened. The last communication from the shadow. The last words left in a voice that was completely drained of Jin were…
―Duke… Tyrant… Danger… Be careful…
He was truly a ruler who lived for a long time. And he was also a comrade who had aligned himself with me for a very long time. Of course, sometimes they kept each other in check, causing conflicts and clashes. One thing was certain.
He didn’t want to hear his last will, which could possibly be his last, in this way.
‘…I guess he’s dead.’
We’ve spent a long time together.
It was the first time in my life that I heard a voice uttered so weakly. A voice completely drained of vitality. It was clear that he had squeezed out every last bit of his strength. How serious was the situation that it took so much effort to send just one message?
I remembered the last words the necklace uttered. It was a noise like a small human being trampled by a giant. It was definitely the sound made by the culprit who murdered the shadow.
That’s exactly what I said, he’s a dangerous person. Not only is his growth rate so steep that it poses a threat even to the ruler, but he also uses the spirit master who has made a contract with the spirit lord as his subordinate.
If we don’t kill him now, the entire dragon race could be in danger.
To dominate the human world, no matter what the method. The reason why the shadow came forward was solely due to the cause of carrying out the will of the monarch. One such comrade met death. It was natural that there was anger in Calamity’s eyes.
‘Let’s stay calm.’
The shadow’s will must be analyzed as much as possible. Four words.
Just before losing my life. These are the last words uttered in that urgent situation. It certainly has many meanings.
One of the words he mentioned was tyrant. There must be a huge connection between the death of the duke and the tyrant.
Duke Ethan may have been one of the main characters in the murder of the tyrant. And that he is very dangerous.
‘…You told me to be careful.’
Perhaps he was wary of moving alone to seek revenge. Immediately, the tyrant’s eyes sparkled.
‘Let me think about it.’
A woman who handles the spirit lord. I’ve definitely started collecting mana stones recently. This was consistent with the saying that the woman was unable to handle the tyrant when he was about to die.
The death of shadows. What would I have thought if there had been no will from him?
You might have thought of the spirit temple whose whereabouts were unknown. You may have thought that they attempted a joint attack with the duke’s men and that the shadow met his death in the midst of it. It was a natural flow of thought.
‘Because you wouldn’t have thought that the duke killed the shadow by himself.’
Even if the growth is so steep that it threatens the ruler, from the outside perspective, it is still just a newborn chick who has not long become a transcendent.
I admit that this is biased thinking, but the flow of thoughts was probably like this. However, the shadow only mentioned the duke and added that it was dangerous and to be careful.
This is really just a maybe.
The Duke’s power could have overwhelmingly surpassed his imagination. For example, he killed a tyrant single-handedly and even caught his shadow alone.
‘It’s not a low possibility.’
If he had killed the shadow in a joint attack with the spiritist, would he have left a will like that? Instead of risk and caution, there was a high possibility that one of the two words would have been replaced with a different type of word.
They wouldn’t have issued such a warning by emphasizing only one operation. As this was the last contact that the shadow had squeezed out of my life, I had no choice but to attach great meaning to each word.
“…At least it would be much better than being caught off guard and getting killed.”
My head got cold little by little.
Descendants of Ardan.
Humans who cannot hide their hatred for the dragon race have gained tremendous power. For the Yongin tribe, it was as if fire had been set on fire.
What would be the result if a human capable of hunting down a ruler on his own starts going on a rampage?
The rulers who are not even in proper contact like now will definitely be eaten one by one. The monarch’s grand plan could be blocked by at most a single human being.
It was an unbearable insult and fear.
The worries about the disaster were short-lived. All of his comrades who shared his will have already faced death. All that remains is the Demon Dragon belonging to the opposing faction, domination, and the deception of maintaining neutrality.
Now was not the time to growl at each other. We must join forces. Since it was a situation where even the monarch’s great lineage could be shaken, pride was not important.
He took out a crystal ball covered with black cloth. How long has it been since you haven’t contacted me?
I think the last time I saw the faces of the three rulers was five years ago.
Mana penetrated into the crystal ball. After waiting for a while. Noble rulers began to appear one by one. From dominance with a girl-like appearance to a robe-wearing demon dragon and deception in the form of a procrastinator. The three rulers stared at the disaster with interest.
A moment of silence.
The first to speak was the demon dragon.
[I never thought I’d see it like this again. disaster. What’s going on?]
-The shadow is dead.
[…From the tyrant to the shadow? What happened?]
―Duke Ethan. It seemed like the attempt to assassinate him ended up being reversed. If it weren’t for his last will, it would have taken a long time for me to hear this news.
―I know that we have been in conflict for quite some time. However, the conflict only resulted from differences in the way the monarch’s will was followed. is not it?
[Hmm, I don’t think we’ll suddenly start discussing ideology.]
-The shadow left a will. According to the will, it seems that the tyrant was also killed by that peacock. Two rulers died in less than half a year. Don’t you think the situation is serious at this point?
The faces of the three rulers stiffened at the words of disaster.