＃When I returned, my family was ruined (311)
“I will contact you in a moment.”
After breaking off contact with Decal, he lifted up the demon dragon’s crystal ball.
Before long, a familiar face appeared above the crystal sphere.
-Are you already leaving?
The demon dragon looked at the sea spreading out behind the crystal ball and quickly asked.
“The contract would have been fulfilled.”
Actually, it was. What was discussed with the demon dragon in the first place? It was to use an army of 30,000 men to stir up the North. And as loud as possible. Ethan did exactly what was asked of him. To the extent that he could claim that his role is now over and he is going back.
―Of course, that’s true, but…
“Furthermore, he suffered internal injuries from the series of battles. “There is no need to remain in Dragonia any longer.”
The demon dragon fell silent at those words. Because it was he who caused the internal injuries. Of course, at that time, you may be able to make an excuse that you had no choice but to do it for the sake of directing…
but if you say something like that, there is no way the person who will go back will come back.
-It looks like you’ve already made up your mind.
“If I stay here and get embezzled, will you take responsibility?”
-Haha, you make cruel jokes too. Who could harm a duke?
“The contract period only lasts about a month at most.”
―…Whew. It’s a shame. If I had known this would happen, I would have waited a little longer.
“Did you just contact me to chat?”
-Haha, that can’t be possible. The only thing I wanted to do was to contact you because I wanted you to stay a little longer… but I don’t think that will work.
“For that to work, there would be a lot of things to fix, starting with the oath.”
The demon dragon swallowed his words. Now was not the time to move to find the duke. Because they were busy finding a place in the capital. It was a situation where it was necessary to lead public opinion, incite the people, and discredit the monarch as quickly as possible.
In this situation, if you move to plot with the duke, things could have gone wrong if you were unlucky.
-All right. Let me make sure you know that.
In the end, I had no choice but to give up and cut off contact. Ethan, who was looking at the unlit crystal ball, chuckled.
‘My body is really hot.’
Perhaps it was because of the Duke’s great performance. Public opinion supporting him may have become much stronger than expected. Power is like the wind.
The most powerful effect could be enjoyed by riding the bandwagon when it was possible to catch the trend. It probably wasn’t the intention to bring down the monarch in one fell swoop. Then, when I started to think that it might work, I started moving around.
‘That’s probably why the imperial army was left behind.’
The reason why Ma Ryong was able to actively campaign was because this was a national crisis. The duke’s army is much more powerful than expected.
Even though they were defeated, it was no wonder that the dragons were terrified, considering their record of destroying numerous units. What if the entire army withdraws in such a situation?
It was obvious that his strong image and reputation as a war hero would scatter like grains of sand. Once the demon dragon started biting the monarch, it had to run until the end.
In order to drive out the dragonlord with legitimacy, it was necessary to continue to create a sense of crisis that the human army had not retreated from the southern continent.
So, he probably ordered the imperial army to camp on the coast.
‘I don’t know how long it will last.’
Even if you fake it like that, you won’t be able to hide the fact that you went back for long. It was said that it was a kind of time attack for the demon dragon.
‘There’s no need to help.’
For Ethan, the best outcome was a situation where the monarch and the demon dragon bared their teeth at each other. Now the demon dragon will start to get impatient.
Even if he left behind the imperial army, he wouldn’t be able to hide his absence forever. They’ll probably move even more radically in the future.
‘I guess I should try to infiltrate the capital.’
If I did well, I might have a chance.
It is not for nothing that people say that they will become fishermen. A golden opportunity to wipe out the two dragons. Now was the time to take advantage of that opportunity.
“I will infiltrate Apraxia. “Would you like to go with me?”
Ysera nodded confidently. A place where the monarch and the demon dragon are located together. Accompanying oneself there was like saying that one would prepare for a big battle. That’s why I couldn’t hide my joy. It was no different from the fact that the duke fully acknowledged him.
After informing Decal about his journey to the capital, he and Ysera threw themselves into the sea. Normally, it would have been normal to fall into the water, but their bodies were comfortably positioned on the surface of the water as if they had stepped on the bottom.
Soon, the two people began to run through the sea as if they were running on flat ground.
The destination was the southern continent. It is also a land so quiet that it cannot be noticed by the Imperial Army, which is the Demon Dragon’s tribe.
* * *
Ethan and Ysera.
The time it took for the two to arrive at the capital, avoiding the eyes of the dragon tribe and people, was approximately five days.
The time was shortened because both of them boasted overwhelming performance as their bodies reached the point of transcendence, and their skills were so good that they avoided the other’s eyes.
After arriving near Apraxia, I met Decal. Decal saw Ethan and quickly lowered his head.
“See you, matriarch.”
“So there were no difficulties infiltrating?”
“yes. Didn’t you support not only Yonginhwa but also numerous artifacts? “If you can’t even infiltrate the outskirts of the capital, it would be normal to remove the title of intelligence agent.”
Looking at him nodding his head with a confident face, it seemed like there had been no problems with his infiltration so far.
“Was there a special incident?”
“Demon dragon and monarch. The conflict between the two is intensifying extremely. Strictly speaking, it seems like the Demon Dragon’s plan is to continuously harass the monarch… Moreover, these rumors have been spreading recently.”
“yes. The content is simple. “It means that the dragonlord has begun to envy the war hero.”
“Maybe that’s why the atmosphere in the capital has started to get ugly recently. Even if he were a monarch, he would not remain silent if he touched a war hero. Most public opinion is like that. “It’s been a long time since people leaned towards the Demon Dragon.”
The decal’s explanation was simple. The story was that unlike the Demon Dragon actively using his power to criticize the monarch, there was strangely no response from the monarch.
It is said that thanks to this, in only about five days before arriving here, the atmosphere of criticizing the monarch became the mainstream.
Even the dragons, who could not even dare to speak out about the monarch’s ‘registered role’ on the main street, were now even saying that they began to doubt the monarch’s leadership whenever they gathered in groups of twos or threes.
“I think so too. “Isn’t it true that the monarch was fatally wounded during the Dragon Clan War as rumored?”
Decal carefully made a guess. Ethan nodded quietly. It certainly made sense.
A monarch must also have eyes and ears. If public opinion had become this bad, any leader would have been furious and would have taken action.
Because a leader’s authority came from respect and dignity. If public opinion deteriorated any further, even a monarch who was treated as a sanctuary could not be safe. This was especially true in a situation where a powerful war hero called Demon Dragon was created.
‘And yet there is no movement…’
It was one of two things.
One is that the monarch was seriously injured and was so weak that he couldn’t even respond properly.
Are they waiting with bated breath to use this as an opportunity to wipe out all the impure elements, including the demon dragon?
Ethan highly regarded the latter possibility. What if the monarch was so mortally wounded that he couldn’t even lift a finger?
‘Could it have been possible to control the ministers that much?’
The high-ranking dragons of Apraxia served their monarch wholeheartedly. It didn’t just look like that on the outside. This was a fact that I was able to find out because I encountered the ministers directly. In addition, Theron and Dekal were dispatched to the capital to cross-verify information.
As such, it could be said that the judgment was highly reliable.
‘If the dragon lord was really mortally wounded…’
Is there any reason for the demon dragon to move in such a hurry? Even the propagandists are spreading it around at random.
‘There’s no particular reason for that.’
If the monarch was really in that state, the next monarch would have already been decided. There is no reason to move in such a hurry. The demon dragon even contacted him and expressed his regret. That said, he was also in a hurry. What is the reason?
There was a high possibility that it was because the dragonlord had strong powers. That’s why I’m running with all my might now that I’ve thrown the dice.
“Any other rumors?”
“It’s all about the conflict between the demon dragon and the monarch.”
So Decal recited the rumor. There was nothing that was not hideous. The tone had generally similar aspects.
In the end, the story was that the monarch could harm the demon dragon by being jealous of it. This is also so as not to give up one’s power.
‘Are you anxious?’
Suddenly, I felt puzzled. Clearly, when we met in the past, Demon Dragon always showed a confident appearance. Even the monarch treated him as beneath his feet.
The person who did that was now running forward as if there was no one behind him. There was only one good reason.
I felt a sense of crisis.
If he had his usual carefree attitude, he wouldn’t have reacted like this.
Ethan shook his head.
Even if he said his guess out loud, it wouldn’t have been of much benefit to his companions. Because it was very bad news.
For example, it is a terrible assumption that the monarch possesses more power than the demon dragon who has entered the realm of absoluteness.
‘If not this.’
There was no reason for the Demon Dragon side to be so excited and spread propaganda.
Are they moving like that to take away the monarch’s position as quickly as possible?
‘…If he was that hot-tempered, he wouldn’t have been able to spread his religion in the first place.’
That means, in fact, that he is more passionate than a tyrant.
If he had that kind of temperament, there would be no way he could have saved himself and continued to cooperate. Demon Dragon was a Ganwoong who knew how to bide his time.
As such a person seemed to move in such a hurry, Ethan’s feelings could not help but be complicated.
‘…I guess I’ll have to wait and see for now.’
For now, it was time to wait. The two people began moving towards the position set up by Decal.