＃When I returned, my family was ruined (287)
While returning to Ardan.
Mana flowed from the crystal ball kept in the subspace pocket.
It was the cult leader’s.
Ethan thought for a moment and picked up the crystal ball. Soon, the face of the religious leader appeared through the crystal ball. The religious leader said with a bright smile.
[This was done to a great extent. I never thought I would kill two rulers at once. I was surprised.]
A sound like something tearing at meat came from behind the demon dragon as he spoke like that.
Ethan was silent for a moment and looked at the demon dragon inside the crystal ball.
“You killed Gigi.”
[Haha, if it were Duke’s power, these two guys wouldn’t have been a match even if they had attacked together. What more can I say in a situation where calamity has died? I was just going to die one step earlier.]
The demon dragon smiled and turned the crystal ball. A bizarre scene was shining there. Because a girl was eating the body of a dragon. It was Anna.
[You may be incompetent, but you have become useful since you closed your eyes. It was at least fertilizer.]
“So, why did you contact me?”
[Aren’t you too cold? Still, I remember that we had a great cooperative relationship in our own way.]
“If you’re going to keep talking nonsense, I’ll stop.”
The dragon being torn apart in Anna’s mouth was most likely a deception. It also meant that among the six rulers, only the Demon Dragon and Ruler remained.
Since they had dealt with all the rulers who opposed them, it would not be surprising if they pointed their swords at each other.
Even though Gigi died, Ethan wasn’t surprised. He was destined to die anyway. The result just happened a little faster than expected. After hearing the immediate answer, the demon dragon shrugged his shoulders.
[Well, that’s good. I can roughly guess why you’re wary of me, and it’s not like I don’t understand it. The reason I contacted you is simple. It’s quite disappointing that cooperation ends like this.]
Is it unfortunate that cooperation ends like this?
All the rulers who were interfering with the demon dragon had already had their heads cut off a long time ago. Still, what is the reason for saying that?
To catch the other person off guard?
If not, do you really have a bigger goal?
Anyway, Ethan decided to listen to the story a little more.
Because I matched with him during our first meeting, I was able to deal with the three rulers without much difficulty.
Just like the demon dragon used him.
He himself was able to use the demon dragon.
“What more cooperation do you mean?”
[Hehe, I think you already have a rough guess. What can you say?]
The demon dragon pointed to the sky and smiled secretly. There was a deep desire in that smile that could not be hidden.
Hand gesture pointing upward. Ethan saw that and asked.
“Are you asking me to kill the dragonlord?”
[The conclusions are roughly similar.]
[Hmm, that’s right. Not only is there no reason to go through the trouble of going to Dragonia, but he might think that he would rather kill me than fight him. I fully understand.]
What the demon dragon said was right. If the condition was to deal with the dragonlord, Ethan had no reason to accept it. Dragonia was a country teeming with dragons. The dragonlord was hiding in the deepest part of the place.
Even if you were a transcendental person, it was extremely difficult to penetrate inside, and even if you did, you could not guarantee your life if you confronted the monarch.
Of course, Ethan was planning to avenge his past life against the dragonlord someday. To him, the dragon people were just people who needed to be exterminated.
That wasn’t the case now.
Even if we entered the realm of absolute perfection, we had to carefully consider the entry of Dragonia.
It was not a good idea to attack the dragonlord first to avoid fighting the demon dragon.
Originally, in fights and battles, the rule was to attack the weaker side first.
No matter how strong the Demon Dragon was, there was a high possibility that he would be similar to a monarch or a little lower than him at best.
It is a condition that does not necessarily need to be met. However, the reason why I did not express complete rejection from the beginning was simple. The demon dragon is a cunning bastard. They are obviously taking this fact into consideration as well.
So, they will most likely offer something in return. If you really want to bring down the dragonlord.
[The monarch was clearly a man of positional power. Not only did they unite the Dragon people, who had been divided into hundreds of tribes, into one, but they also established a nation and provided civilization to the Dragon people. But… it’s a lot different now.]
[Now he is just a corrupt person and a ghost who holds power solely because of his past reputation.]
“The evaluation of the owner is very poor.”
[Haha, just because you were a master once, there is no reason to treat him as a master for the rest of your life. I had no idea that someone who knew that fact better than anyone else, as he became the head of the family when the family was most shaken, would say such a thing.] “
[Well, anyway… I will correct a few misunderstandings. Let me do it. First of all, I am not suggesting this because I have no power to stand against the dragonlord. And the second…]
The demon dragon looked at Ethan intently and continued speaking.
[Duke, I have no intention of asking you to personally kill the dragon lord.]
The demon dragon was always showing a confident look in his eyes. As if he were confident that Ethan would accept his offer.
“Other than that, what are the requirements?”
[It’s simple. Please shake the dragonia. In the name of humanity.]
“Would you like me to shake it?”
[yes. You can raid Dragonia’s nearby villages, or even burn down a few cities. It doesn’t matter even if you commit massacre. It’s actually a good thing for me.]
Only then was Ethan able to understand to some extent what the Demon Dragon’s true intentions were.
“Are you trying to become a hero?”
[haha! That makes perfect sense. There is a saying that a leader who knows that his life is a waste can never gain the loyalty of his subordinates.]
While the Dragon Lord is in seclusion.
As many as four rulers have died.
What would it be like if they were invaded by humans they thought were much lower than them?
The general dragon people, who regarded the dragon lord like a guardian deity, will slowly begin to become suspicious.
The suspicion is that he is actually an incompetent monarch. The demon dragon was confident that he would win the fight against the monarch. Would he really stay still in that situation?
His mind would be filled with thoughts of immediately revolting and taking over the throne. What he needed was a justification. A worthy cause to attack a monarch who is revered like a god by ordinary dragons.
To do this, quite strong humans had to invade Dragonia.
‘It couldn’t be better than that if the invader was using the surname Ardan.’
Ardan’s group came with an army to avenge the past. Is there a better picture than this to illustrate the dragonlord’s incompetence?
[It wouldn’t be such a bad offer for the duke either. All you have to do is create a plausible cause for me and the monarch to clash.]
“What is the price?”
[For the duke, it could buy more precious time than anything else.]
Ethan thought for a moment. Let’s say a dragon lord and a demon dragon collide. If the Demon Dragon wins, will it be a gain or loss for this side?
Of course, there will be indirect benefits as the dragonlord dies, but instead, we will see the demon dragon completely dominate Dragonia.
This was a subject of considerable concern.
After the war of the past, the dragonlord became virtually unknown. At least it never came to the fore. However, the demon dragon was a ruler with a healthy body. If Dragonia is occupied, there will definitely be active movement.
If he not only tightened the leash on humans through the means of religion but also completely dominated the dragon race…
it was difficult to imagine how enormous his influence would become.
[Haha, I’m not asking for an answer right now. I don’t want to show such a heartless attitude towards someone who has done such a great job for me. I will hear your answer in a month. Then, get some rest for today.]
Soon the crystal ball became dark.
Contact was lost. Only then did Bbang speak.
[Master, will you accept that offer?]
“I don’t know.”
[Honestly, I feel a bit uncomfortable. Aren’t there a lot of people under that guy? If you decide to use him, there will be plenty of slaves who will take up swords for you. Isn’t that right?]
[But why bother trying to use the owner? To be honest, if I were a demon dragon, I think I would have attacked my owner right away.]
To be honest, I did.
With the demon dragon’s mana, it would be possible to surpass even the distance of a single country. No matter how far away Ethan was, he would catch up in an instant.
A situation where mana was consumed while fighting a disaster. As if that wasn’t enough, there was no longer a ruler to deal with. So, if he wanted to, it wouldn’t be a problem to hit him.
That’s why I thought about it for a while when I received a call from Sujeong-gu. This is because the moment you infuse mana, your location can be specified. Nevertheless, the reason I received the call was simple.
The purpose was to check how the demonic dragon appeared. As a result of receiving the call, I was certain of one thing.
It doesn’t seem like he’s trying to stab himself in the back right now. If that were the case, he would have come to his position a long time ago through words.
Ethan looked at the divine sword and answered.
“There must be some reason. “That may be a reason we don’t know right now.”
[…I think we need to be prepared anyway.]
“I think so.”
Bbangi’s question had a reasonable aspect. Defeating dragonia is something you can do using your own limbs. This means that you don’t have to hold yourself back by spending a lot of time trying to utilize yourself.
Nevertheless, Demon Dragon continued to try not to let go of communication.
Isn’t he just constantly giving plausible-looking justifications to give himself time?
These doubts began to arise.
It was a direction I had never thought of before. What benefit could it be to the Demon Dragon if he, who is an enemy of the Dragon Clan, increases his strength?
But that might have been a narrow-minded way of thinking. This guy was a wizard who had reached the level of absolute power. There was nothing strange about using extraordinary magic.
‘…It’s no use worrying about it.’
Even if it was for that purpose, there weren’t many options for him to choose from right now. What was certain was that no matter what option you chose, you would have fewer problems if you developed your own strength. For now, returning to the duchy was the priority.