#After returning, the family was ruined (92)
The elves’ ears perked up at Ethan’s words. The group of humans who had recently infiltrated the Great Mountains was a huge problem for them.
The elves remembered when robed humans first appeared in the Great Mountains.
A year ago.
A man covered in pure white robes and wizards led by him set foot on the mountain range.
Even though elves were a closed race, they were not completely hostile to all humans who entered the mountains.
Within the realm of the World Tree.
They only moved to drive them out if they entered the space where they lived. The group of humans soon settled down on the outskirts of the mountain range.
Since it was not within the reach of the World Tree, it was not considered a big deal at the time.
After that, the landscape of the mountain range began to change little by little.
Starting from the point where humans settled down, all plants and animals began to die off.
Results of sending an investigation team.
“…All the ley lines surrounding the place where the humans were located were sucked out.”
“It is no longer a natural space. “It has become a place with a strange aura.”
I heard a shocking answer.
Moreover, the bigger problem was that the area that was drying up was gradually starting to expand.
In the end, it went so far as to attempt to invade the territory controlled by the World Tree for half a year. Only then did the elves realize the seriousness of the situation.
From the argument that a war should be waged to drive out humans, to the argument that there is no major problem right now and that we should wait and see.
There was shouting every day in the conference hall.
‘…If only their level was low.’
They would have attempted war.
However, the skills of the wizards located on the outskirts were high.
If it were within the realm of the World Tree, I would have been able to deal with it sufficiently.
However, the place where they were located was a place that did not have the protection of the World Tree. Rather, it is a place filled with a strange energy that seems to be advantageous to them.
Thirty years ago.
Irina, who was appointed as the new leader following the previous high elves, was struggling with this problem.
Entering their territory was literally suicidal.
Not being able to receive the World Tree’s protection was a problem, and the strange energy taking away the elves’ powers was also a big problem.
Should we start a war because of this, risking the fate of the tribe?
Still, the area of the World Tree firmly exists, so isn’t that okay?
She was struggling more and more with each passing day. Because one’s judgment could determine the life or death of a tribe.
Irina looked at the duke.
A family that showed majesty like legends in the past.
‘…If you are the leader of such a family.’
I didn’t know if I could solve this problem.
“…Let’s go. “I will guide you into our tribe.”
Irina guided the two to the tribe.
* * *
It was one of the five great elven tribes in the western continent.
As expected from a large tribe, the number of elves living near the World Tree was quite large.
‘If you add it all up, it could be close to 10,000.’
Considering that small tribes numbered in the tens to hundreds, it could be said to be a significant number.
Irina, who had been guiding us for a while, pointed forward and spoke.
“This is Mshiron, the world tree that protects our village.”
“On the outside, it looks fine.”
“But it’s late.”
“What do you mean you’re late?”
“This tree is already close to death.”
At those words, the faces of the SS, including Irina, slowly began to turn red. The World Tree was like a mother to them.
Now the duke was no different from insulting their own mother.
“What do you mean?”
Irina shouted in horror.
If the man in front of me was not a descendant of Ardan, he would have drawn his sword right away.
“It means that it was done. “To those wizards.”
After speaking, Ethan slashed his sword toward the ground.
The elves were frightened by that sight.
It was so fast that I couldn’t even stop it.
Moreover, the place he hit was the spot where the roots of the World Tree were located.
Ethan, paying them no heed, pointed to the deeply dug ground.
The thick roots of the World Tree visible below the ground.
The elves who saw it were frightened.
“This…I can’t believe it!”
“What the hell is this…”
There was a lot of something like a black liquid stuck to the thick roots.
The roots, which would have originally looked brown, looked like black snakes.
“It was sucked.”
“You’re so fast? “What did you suck?”
“Source. “This tree has already been damaged beyond repair.”
Starting from the roots of the tree to the trunk and its trunk. If we were to compare this tree to a person, most of its soul had been sucked out.
Ethan smiled darkly.
Because I have seen this phenomenon countless times in my past life.
“What on earth happened…”
Irina fell to the floor as if her legs had lost strength.
High elves had the power to grow the world tree.
Even among the numerous tribes, only a very small number of elves were born with such power.
That is why he can be appointed as the leader of each tribe.
‘I obviously didn’t feel anything wrong…’
How did the Duke in front of me figure out something that even I couldn’t feel?
I couldn’t understand it at all.
It was then.
“Still, I can prolong your life a little.”
White flames bloomed on his sword. The moment I put the sword to the root.
Acrid smoke rose.
The black liquid was writhing as if in pain.
It was only for a moment that I faced the white fire as if I was resisting. The liquid slowly disappeared and the roots returned to their original color.
“…Did you heal Mshiron?”
“hmm. “How should I explain it?”
Ethan thought for a moment and said.
“The origin of this tree must have already been sucked out by Yongrinmok.”
“…Yonglinmok? “What is that?”
“It is one of the trees grown by the Yongin people. “Unlike the World Tree, it is a greedy plant that sucks up all the energy around it.”
Even just one tree turns the surrounding area into a dense forest, creating an environment in which numerous animals and plants can live.
On the other hand, Yongrinmok.
‘It takes away all the energy around you.’
It was a tree that gathered the stolen energy and produced a spirit that was like an elixir.
A terrible tree that encroaches on its surroundings and not only emits mana suited to the constitution of the dragon race, but also steals life.
In a previous life, the Yongin people would occupy the human territory and then plant Yongrin trees all over the place.
It absorbed all the energy and consumed the spiritual altar that was created, and with that power, it conquered the area again and expanded its power.
The area dominated by the Yongrinmok turned into an area where only the Yongin tribe could live, so the human territory was bound to narrow as time passed.
“A tree grown by the dragon race? But why did humans do that….”
“The dragon clan’s minions moved. In human society, there are a lot of people who are collaborating with them. A dog from the dragon clan. “It would be perfect to cut it up and throw it away.”
Irina clenched her fists.
The Yongin tribe that attacked his tribe fifteen years ago had still not forgotten.
And that’s not enough, you’re using your minions to harm the world tree again!
Irina’s ears gradually turned red.
It was a sign that he was very angry. Then she asked:
“…Do you, Duke, hate the dragon people?”
“How can anyone like it when their ancestors turned a blind eye to them?”
“I have one question to ask. Those human beings. “What exactly are they?”
“…We don’t know the details either. The only thing is that they are human wizards wearing robes… One is wearing a white robe and the rest are wearing black robes…”
Ethan tilted his head.
Isn’t this a rather familiar outfit?
‘Did you say Eric?’
The guy who introduced himself as the eighth bishop.
That guy was the first thing that came to mind.
In addition, Ethan also knew about a group of wizards that were intertwined with the church.
Capital Magic Society.
It was a group that the head priest who had cut off his head at the printing house introduced as a group of people who frequented the duchy as if it were their own home.
A group of that size would be able to operate a large number of high-level wizards that even elves could not easily attack.
Both were organizations that Ethan needed to personally cut off.
Because they were all rat-like people who did nonsense.
Branches of the world tree.
It was an opportunity to properly punish the enemy while moving for the purpose he wanted.
If the head of a man who appears to be a bishop is blown off along with Yongrin’s head, it would be a loss that the church cannot ignore.
“What are their numbers?”
“About fifty people in total.”
“What is the level?”
“There are two people who oversee the wizards under the one wearing the white robe. “Their level is similar to mine.”
Irina’s skills had reached the level of an expert even at the 7th level.
If the two high-ranking wizards included a bishop, it could be seen that the church had invested a considerable amount of effort.
In addition to the ten 6th level wizards, even the lowest level ones were all 5th level.
‘I understand why I couldn’t rush in.’
Elves were a race that was strong within the realm of the World Tree, but rapidly weakened beyond that realm.
In such a situation, go into the realm of Yongrinmok and wage war against wizards?
It would not have been an easy choice to make as the fate of one large tribe was at stake.
“Where are they?”
The moment Irina stretched out her hand.
The plants nearby formed a colony.
Its shape was like a map.
“Our location is here and those wizards are wandering around here.”
“I’ll take care of it and then come back.”
“We will help too. Even if I don’t receive the World Tree’s protection, I can definitely help.”
Irina looked at the duke.
From his words, I learned that the dragon clan was behind this incident.
Duke of Ardan.
This family was a family that could be said to be enemies of the Dragon clan and Cheolcheonji.
The story of the family members all turning a blind eye while fighting a war with the dragon race was a story so famous that it was known even to the elves.
A person who can be said to be the polar opposite of the dragon race.
A considerable amount of time had passed since the war ended, but the duke was still hostile to the dragon clan.
The Yongin tribe is their main enemy.
Even if the duke was human, he had no choice but to trust him.
At those words, Ethan looked at Irina. It was not strange for them to step forward as it was to protect their own land.
“Could you please wait a moment? “I will tell my people about this.”
Irina gathered the elves together and explained the situation.
As her words continued, the elves slowly began to express their anger. The World Tree, which seemed fine, was in fact losing its power and dying?
That is also to the servants of the Yongin tribe, who can be said to be enemies of themselves and Cheolcheonji.
The atmosphere slowly began to boil.
Even the duke, the head of the family that fought against the dragons, said he would help them.
There was no longer any reason to hesitate in battle.
“Let’s avenge Master Mshiron!”
“Yonglin Tree! We must kill that evil tree!”
It was literally an instant for the fighting spirit to come together.
Ethan and Ilia.
Following them, the elf tribe fighters began to move.