＃When I returned, my family was ruined (317)
‘Did you get caught?’
[I guess so.]
Lorotia, who was inside his body, answered immediately. After the two’s forces clashed and the aftermath spread throughout the palace, Ethan was secretly approaching the two dragons.
However, neither the dragon lord nor the demon dragon, who had not been seen for a long time, noticed his approach.
There were many reasons.
The first was that we had thoroughly prepared before approaching. First, they made a disturbance by pretending to completely leave the southern continent.
As if that wasn’t enough, when he attempted to approach, he had Lorotia descend on him and raised his body to the level of absolute perfection.
Additionally, he used hibernation, one of the powers of shadow, to the limit. Even so, if it had been before the battle, it would not have been possible to conceal it so completely.
Even the Demon Dragon, a half-absolute being.
In addition, even the dragon lords who had entered the true state of absolute absoluteness were beings whose spirit was so outstanding that they were second to none.
But the battle that took place in the palace completely changed the situation. Their attention was completely focused on each other. The feeling was that it was biased to one side.
For Ethan, it was nothing short of a golden opportunity. After secretly delving into the interior of the palace, I observed the two as much as I could. A monarch who possesses little mana but whose realm is higher than that of the Demon Dragon. On the other hand, even the Demon Dragon is one step behind in terms of level, but is overwhelmingly rich in mana.
The fight between the two was more tense than expected. That’s why I didn’t come forward.
As time passes like this, the situation of war will become more and more favorable to you. Unfortunately, they were discovered by the demon dragon, but their bodies were already half destroyed.
[Are you going to be okay?]
Lorotia’s question was full of concern. Ethan nodded willingly.
[Still, they are of the same race. If there is any cooperation…]
It was impossible. Of course, as she said, the monarch and the demon dragon were of the same race, but each of them had their own dilemma. When you attack first with a pincer attack.
Draksis had a big problem. What he needed was a victim who had reached absolute perfection.
But what about yourself? ‘It’s ambiguous.’
I was able to enter that state, but it was because of the advent of Lorotia. Even if he joins forces to kill himself, the moment Lorotia is summoned back to the spirit world, his body will return to the state of the transcendental. Would this be enough for Draksis to be used as a sacrifice?
At best, if the body could be restored with the sacrifice of transcendence, the high-ranking dragons of the Southern Continent would have already dried up. Not doing so meant that it wasn’t enough. If that happens, Draksis will not be able to recover. There is no way the Demon Dragon would not know this.
From the Demon Dragon’s point of view, the moment he cooperates and captures him, he has no choice but to put a knife to his throat. Will the cunning demon dragon take it in stride?
It didn’t seem like it to Ethan.
Moreover, the demon dragon had one more option. Using cooperation as an excuse to waste time, they completely escape from this space itself. From the monarch’s perspective, it was no different from losing his prey.
If the demon dragon succeeded in escaping, he would have to face off again with his prey, this time in good health. From the monarch’s point of view, it is not a situation where he can join forces with the bastard without any worries.
Of course, Ethan was not in a situation where he could only be optimistic. No matter how weak they were, they were beings who had stepped into the realm of absolute perfection, and if they truly cooperated, their lives could be in danger.
It was a risk I had no choice but to take because I was caught a little early.
‘It’s going to be fun.’
I could clearly feel the monarch’s gaze.
From the moment the demon dragon screamed in fright, it continued to look in its direction.
If I didn’t know, I couldn’t have missed the feeling, even if I had doubts. Ethan emerged, his body slowly coming out of hibernation. The distorted gazes of the two dragons focused on him.
A person who suddenly invaded.
Normally I wouldn’t have paid any attention. Even the highest-ranking dragons will be in conflict with each other not long after they invade. But it was different now. A human who appears imbued with the energy of a huge spirit.
I was able to guess the state of humanity through the force I felt implicitly. That human being was a being who had stepped into the realm of absoluteness, even if only halfway.
It was as if an unpredictable variable had intervened in a tense war situation. A suffocating tension began to linger. Life and death will be determined by the judgment you make from now on. A subtle confrontation followed.
No one could move carelessly. They just glare at each other with full energy.
In silence, the first words were finally heard.
―Are you the head of Ardan?
Drakisis The huge monarch looked at Ethan and opened his mouth.
“It’s an honor to recognize you.”
Before the conversation continued.
Immediately, another voice attempted to break in. It belonged to a demon dragon.
[Duke Ethan, how about joining forces with me?]
The tone was so urgent that even the usually long introduction was completely cut out.
From the Demon Dragon’s point of view, it was understandable that he was so desperate. The situation has already crossed an irreversible river with the monarch.
We have come too far to join forces just because we are of the same race. However, it was difficult to even attempt to escape.
If you make the first move in a confrontation like this, you could face countless attacks.
[You haven’t forgotten the previous matriarch’s grudge, have you? To you, you are no different from an enemy. In contrast, I have continued to cooperate with the Duke. Let’s kill this guy together. If you just do that… I promise you everything you want.]
―…Lucreon Are you going to sell your soul to a human?
[That’s a strange choice of words. You’re just asking for a reasonable deal? Duke Can’t you see the burning desire in that bastard’s eyes right now? If I or the duke die, that guy will definitely become stronger through the corpse.]
[That guy is dangerous. You know it because you watched it. This means you shouldn’t give it a chance.]
Draksis’ eyes turned red at the Demon Dragon’s criticism. He clearly looked angry. However, it only released momentum and did not move the body. The variables involved were too threatening for that to happen. If it’s just one demon dragon, you can probably catch it somehow. In fact, the hunt was almost over. But what if that human cooperates with the demon dragon?
At that time, swallowing an offering was not a problem; life itself could be dangerous.
Drakisis gritted his teeth and looked at the human. Even in my countless past lives, there has never been a situation like this.
Of course, there was no way we could find out about this future. A sudden variable was threatening to ruin everything. Finally, Draksis, who had been pondering, opened his mouth.
―…If it’s cooperation, this is also possible.
Ah, the day will come when that noble dragonlord will say something like that.
At this time, both the Demon Dragon and Ethan felt the same way. As the two dragons spoke, control of the situation began to shift to Ethan.
The first button was sewn more beautifully than I expected. Judging from their reactions, it is unlikely that they will ever hold hands.
Ethan said while looking at the demon dragon.
“To me, there isn’t much difference between you and that guy…”
[Of course, I know that the duke doesn’t like the dragon race very much. Even so, the feeling of anger you have in your heart doesn’t apply equally, does it?]
“What exactly does it mean to promise everything you want?”
The demon dragon was speechless.
This was because it was unclear how far the Duke wanted it. I was willing to listen to some requests. If we can hunt the dragon lord here, we will be able to devour Dragonia quite naturally.
Even the demon dragon knew how much it meant.
[Tell me about it first.]
It was only one word at best, but it was impossible not to know the meaning contained within it. I guess they are telling us to give up everything, starting with the influence they have on the Western Continent and even the religious denomination.
From the perspective of a duke who hates the dragon race, the situation in the western continent itself would not be very satisfactory.
Ethan then continued speaking.
“If we confirm this through an oath, there is nothing we can’t do to join forces.”
[…It’s the West Continent. What exactly do you want?]
“To completely withdraw all influence you have. And we will not have any influence over the Western Continent for the next 100 years.”
The demon dragon chewed the inside of his mouth.
The oath had a strong binding effect. If we were to make an oath with those conditions in mind, we would really have to give up the Western Continent for 100 years.
The land on which all the foundations were laid. Give up one thing in exchange for something else. However, the weight of the scales was not equal. For the Demon Dragon, if he had to choose between the two continents, his priority was on the Western Continent.
‘If only I could escape…’
He glanced at the two secretly. If I could just get out of this situation, I could return to the position of a complete bystander like Ethan did a moment ago.
Being able to maintain an extremely advantageous position. It was a better option to lose myself than to accept such ridiculous conditions.
However, I was unable to put my thoughts into practice directly. Because it was an imminent situation. Space movement was one of the highest level magic. Even for the Demon Dragon, the best wizard in the West Continent, it took time to build this magic. Those two were skilled enough not to miss that short gap.
There was absolutely no gap to be seen. The only good thing was that while this confrontation continued, mana was gradually recovering. If you think about a monarch who was weakened and covered in fraud, he was in a much better situation.
“Are you going to accept it?”
[…Wait a minute.]
“You said you’d promise to do everything you want?”
“Was it a lie?”
Intense pressure continued.
―…Why not make a pact with me? Lord of Ardan.
The monarch’s words exquisitely penetrated the gap. If the Demon Dragon and the Duke formed an alliance like this, he would be finished. I couldn’t just sit back and watch.
“What are the conditions there?”
―…I, in the name of Draksis, will not touch the Western Continent for one hundred years.
Draksis’s words had one more meaning. The implication is that if the Demon Dragon is killed in a concerted manner like this, the influence of the Demon Dragon in the West Continent will disappear anyway.
“No matter how you look at it, I think the conditions are better over there.”
The Demon Dragon’s body trembled at the words of the Duke, who was pointing at the monarch with his finger and smirking.