＃After returning, the family was ruined (312)
Apraxia, the capital of the dragons.
Entry was much easier than expected. This was because there was no traffic check in the first place. It was a tall castle wall, so all you had to do was jump over it.
The members’ skills themselves were at least superhuman. At best, they were not at a level that could be noticed, as they were just guards guarding the capital’s outer walls.
After entering the interior of the capital, mana was infused into the artifact. Mana covered the bodies of the companions. Soon, we naturally passed through the main street. Vibrant scenery. Despite moving among numerous dragons, none of the dragons were aware of the presence of Ethan and the others. Even if he received attention, he would only glance at it as if he were looking at an ordinary dragon and then pass by.
It was because of a hallucination artifact created by Ilya. It was a piece that could change its appearance to that of an ordinary dragon by covering it with mana. It was also an item given to Theron and Thekal, who were in charge of reconnaissance of the capital.
Seeing the capital of the Dragons was Ethan’s first experience.
This was because in the previous life, it was difficult to stop the dragons who invaded the western continent. Entering the Southern Continent was something I could not even dream of.
On the other hand, it was different now.
At least the situation was much better than when I had experienced it in my previous life. That’s why they were able to attack the southern continent. The level of civilization of the dragons was not that low compared to that of humans. On the contrary, there were aspects that felt much more advanced in some areas.
I felt that way every time I saw the rugged but tall buildings. Yongmen were seen doing business at stalls all over the street. Commerce was already a deeply entrenched part of the Yong people.
‘It’s a little strange.’
This is the daily life of Yong people. It was a sight I could not even imagine in my past life. To the humans of that time, the Yongin tribe were evil enemies and cruel massacres who invaded their land. On the other hand, in the southern continent, which was not affected by the war, people were leading normal lives.
Decal quietly handed over sign language.
[I was surprised when I first saw it. I had no idea that we would achieve such an advanced civilization.]
[Yes. I can still vividly see how even Bdanju widened his eyes.]
Bdanju in black society. It was referring to Theron. Theron, who had improved his skills faster than anyone else, had already reached a position of recognition in black society.
[Where is Budanju?]
[He must be investigating the area near the royal castle by now.] We
continued to move along the decal while conversing in simple sign language. After walking for a while. The prosperous downtown area began to disappear like a mirage.
‘It’s no different from people living here.’
The coexistence of the city’s prosperous downtown streets and dark back alleys seemed to exist everywhere. Even in Apraxia, the capital of the dragon tribe, such a phenomenon could be encountered.
Basically, it is a slum with very few people and almost no interest from society. Among those slums, Decal entered a shabby one-story building and locked the door.
“This is the camp that Danju and I found. “It was the best place to hide from prying eyes.”
“But isn’t it too shabby for Lord Dan and Lord Budan to stay?”
Ysera looked around inside and clicked her tongue. The wood that made up the floor was half rotted a long time ago, and all kinds of bugs were infested here and there. It looked like a typical house located in a slum. Decal shook his head at her words.
“Haha, when I was training, I lived well even in places that were worse than this. Hygiene issues can be solved to some extent by using artifacts, so there is no major problem. And…”
Decal went to the corner and placed his hand on the floor. Then the wooden floor began to open upward.
“Actually, the place located underground, not here, is where I and my assistant head live. Would you like to take a look?”
“There was a secret space?”
“Haha, it’s a place that’s hard to even call it a secret. It’s just a hastily built space after using this as a base…”
“I’d like to see it!”
Ysera, with sparkling eyes, approached the decal. Underneath the space he opened, there were earthen stairs. The two people followed the stairs and went inside.
It was the same for Ethan. After going down about 20 earthen stairs, an underground space that looked about 20 pyeong appeared.
Unlike the ramshackle space I saw earlier, the underground space was equipped with everything from cozy-looking sleeping bags to a desk and what appeared to be a bathroom.
“Wow, how on earth did you make this?”
“You learn a lot in the black community. Building an underground base is one such training. If you have a good understanding of the structure of the ground, building something like this is not a task. “This is a space that Budanju and I created after investing about two days.”
“Ah, then the space above is….”
“It’s just a trick.”
“Ah, that’s why it was so shabby…”
Ysera nodded as if she understood. A space full of bugs and mold everywhere. Even if someone came into the empty house, they would quickly lose interest and retrace their steps.
It could be said to be excellent camouflage.
On the one hand, I was relieved.
“I was shocked because I thought they were really living there.”
“Haha… It leaves a trace to let people know that its owner exists, but it doesn’t usually go that far. By the way…”
Decal asked, looking at Ethan.
“Can you tell me why you came all the way to the capital?”
“After listening to the report, the atmosphere was unusual.”
“yes. you’re right.”
“Isn’t this a good opportunity?”
“If it’s a chance… what?”
Decal’s eyes widened. This was because I had a rough idea of what the duke was saying.
Conflict between a demon dragon and a monarch. It was clear that he wanted to seize the opportunity that would arise there.
“Matriarch, wouldn’t that be too dangerous…”
As he was the leader of the intelligence group, Dekal knew something about how strong the Demon Dragon’s power was. The Demon Dragon was so strong that not even the head of the family could guarantee his chances of victory.
What about the dragonlords who are in conflict with such demonic dragons?
Although he had not been seen for a long time, there was not a single human being in the Western Continent who said that the monarch was weak.
If the two collide, there will definitely be a huge impact.
‘Of course, it could be an opportunity, but…’
Decal’s careful dissuasion continued.
“Of course, it would be a golden opportunity if two dragon clans collided and each received fatal injuries, but if we were not careful, it could end up in a situation where the head of the family is attacked alone.”
“I know. So, I plan to move carefully.”
Ethan also knew that if he intervened incorrectly, it could be very dangerous. Even so, this was an opportunity too big to miss.
Demon dragon and monarch. If we move well, isn’t this an opportunity to annihilate them both?
‘As long as you bump into it.’
Decal sighed. It was too dangerous for the head of the family to carry out on her own. However, it was impossible to stop him.
This was because Ethan’s face was already filled with determination. Since he had made up his mind to that extent, there was a limit to how he could dissuade his lord as a vassal.
“…All right. “I just hope you don’t move too hard.”
Ethan was the pillar of Ardan. To the extent that I can no longer imagine Ardan without him.
Ethan nodded at Decal’s sincere words.
“Keep that in mind. I also have no intention of moving in a hurry. “If the situation does not work out, we plan to return to the West Continent as originally planned.”
In order to intervene, the powers of the demon dragon and the monarch had to be at least equal. If one side’s power was overwhelming, there was no point in intervening.
The power of the demon dragon could be guessed, but the monarch was different. Because, unlike my previous life, everything was shrouded in a veil. That’s why I came to take a look for myself. When something goes wrong, you have to be in this place to intervene.
While I was talking to Decal like that. A vibration rang out within Decal’s arms.
“Please wait a moment.”
Decal took out a small crystal ball from his pocket. Soon I started hearing voices. It was Theron’s.
―Danju. It seems like something happened.
“What do you mean work?”
-The monarch directly summoned the demon dragon. Now, there is an uproar around the royal castle due to this incident.
“The monarch himself?”
-yes. It is clear from the circumstances. Perhaps the monarch himself was trying to make a move…
Dekal and the others in the group were shocked. Until now, the dragonlord had never revealed himself. Both directly and indirectly.
Therefore, Dragonia’s politics was run by ministers.
Just the guess that this is the monarch’s will. In such a situation, the monarch moved, even indirectly. So I can’t help but be surprised.
“Are you ready Ysera?”
She answered immediately. A lot of time has passed since the battle with the demon dragon. Mana was almost fully recovered.
“Let’s make it move. “The destination is Wangseong.”
A place where the monarch resides.
If something happens, it will happen right there. Two people, including Ethan, quickly left the slums.
The distance to the royal castle was narrowing by the minute.
* * *
The demon dragon looked at the letter in his hand. The monarch’s seal was clearly stamped at the bottom of the letter. It meant that it was a letter containing the contents directly from the monarch.
The content was simple.
Stop by the monarch’s palace.
It was a common phrase praising war heroes without a single line. For some reason, I felt cold.
The demon dragon’s hand crushed the letter.
‘Is it time?’
Even when the Dragon Lord left to conquer the western continent, he was a being who showed the same force as Taishan.
‘But it’s different now.’
The years spent in the West Continent played a decisive role in leading the Demon Dragon to the next level.
The absolute state.
This was an area that was not easily seen not only in humans but also in other races.
The monarch of the past was clearly an absolute powerhouse, but now it was different.
‘It’s worth dealing with.’
As I reached the absolute state, I became able to feel the energy around me very sensitively. I remembered the energy I felt in the royal castle, where the monarch lived.
The monarch, who was thought to be a toothless beast, had greater power than he expected. It will definitely be quite difficult to deal with.
‘Yes, that’s fine.’
In the end, it was weaker than him.
Because they figured it out, they quickly began to sway public opinion. So that everyone can willingly accept even if the monarch’s position is usurped. The schedule was quite fast, but that was just a variable that could be adjusted.
‘If only I could rule over the Southern Continent…’
The Western Continent was already full of his influence. If only the monarch was dethroned, hegemony over two continents could be achieved.
[I will go to the royal palace.]
“Yes! “Your Excellency the Demon Dragon!”
Together with his loyal subordinates, he began to move towards the capital.