＃When he returned, his family was ruined (297)
Until he took over three small towns in one day. The army continued its forced march without a moment’s rest. Nevertheless, military discipline was sharper than ever.
Despite the grueling schedule, not even a single complaint was heard. The reason why military discipline was so tight was simple. This was because he clearly witnessed the extent of the power of the duke who had been appointed commander-in-chief while occupying three small towns.
Thirty thousand infantry and one thousand knights. Although the number of troops was certainly large, it was impossible to occupy three cities in one day. It was a small town, so the height of the walls was close to 8m, and that wasn’t enough, as soon as the army arrived, the solid iron gates were tightly locked.
It was a tight defense. Moreover, the number of Yongin located on top of the castle walls was well over 1,000.
This is a human camp that already lacks individual skills.
It was virtually impossible to drive out the Yongin tribe, who had even taken advantage of the castle walls, in one day. It was the Duke who came forward in person.
The front of the line.
The Duke’s divine form, which was quietly watching the castle wall from atop a horse, became blurred for a split second, and soon a fountain of blood began to gush over the castle wall.
The duke’s sword didn’t even contain mana. With just a sword and pure physical strength, he cut off the dragons’ necks as if cutting off radishes. It was an amazing status that no knight could show.
The Dragon Slayer also did not sit still. The elite knights, including Nerian, began to climb the castle wall with mana wrapped around their feet.
What immediately followed was a horrific massacre. For the Yongsaldan, physical differences from the Yongin were of little significance. Those who achieved quickly were able to transform most of their bodies into dragons, and even those who achieved little were able to transform at least both arms into the shape of a dragon.
As if that wasn’t enough, he was also constantly training the Dragon Slayer Sword, a sword technique specialized for killing dragons.
At best, there was a difference in power that could never be blocked by middle or lower rank dragons. The knights, led by Nerian and Myers, followed the duke’s lead and began to quickly clear out the dragons.
Even though hundreds of knights were following behind, the speed at which the dragons were dealt with was much slower than that of the duke.
Even the knight commander Nerian and the deputy knight commander Myers were in awe of Ethan’s status.
‘…Your Excellency’s power… is beyond imagination.’
Of course, as they were also quite skilled, they could cut down a decent dragon in an instant without putting any mana on their sword. However, it was not possible to do it continuously like a peacock without resting for a moment.
It is not that difficult to cut down a low-ranking dragon. However, the story was different for intermediate and higher level Yongin.
From then on, Yongin became extremely difficult to deal with. This was because it was the starting point for properly utilizing the characteristics of each race.
Even if it were me, it would have been difficult to cut off his head in one go without putting a little mana on the sword.
‘It might be possible three or four times, but…’
At least he didn’t have the confidence to blow off the dragons’ heads every time he swung his sword like a duke. It was possible that the muscles would be torn due to the semi-elastic force.
That was precisely why mana was used. To protect one’s body and refine the blade of the sword to reduce the rebound force as much as possible.
But the Duke was different.
Even the middle-level dragons that were occasionally seen, as if their bodies were made of iron, were being cut down with only pure power and no mana.
Since he was a transcendent, it was clear that he had an excellent body.
‘…But it was never to that extent. Could it be that you have grown again?’
It seemed like that might be the case.
For the Duke, enlightenment was an element as familiar as the food he saw on the side of the road. Nerian’s eyes filled with admiration. Physical strength was the foundation of a knight.
The stronger the sword, the greater the level of destructive power it can produce when swinging the sword.
As the basic specifications themselves had risen to an unprecedented level, it was clear that its destructive power would be beyond imagination.
If Yongin-hwa is mixed in…
The knights, including Nerian, swallowed dry saliva without realizing it. This was because they imagined such a distant power that even they, who served the duke as their lord, naturally felt fear.
The duke’s prestige did not end there. Not only did he wipe out over two hundred dragons by himself, he even cut off the pulley that supported the castle gate in one fell swoop.
It wasn’t just the knights belonging to the Dragon Slayer who were surprised. They were rather accustomed to the duke’s status.
However, the four hundred knights who came to support this time were different. They had only heard of the duke’s fame, but had never truly witnessed his power.
The power of the Duke, which I was able to see for the first time today, was so amazing that it almost seemed distant. Even if he was the Duke, the kingdom’s famous transcendental figure, there was no guarantee that he would be able to show such overwhelming power.
Is that it?
The skill of the Yongsaldan, which quickly cut down the Yongin people by swapping body parts with those of Yongin people, was equally impressive. It was a sight to see knights, who until a moment ago thought they were in a similar state, sweeping the surroundings with power beyond imagination!
‘Is this the power of Ardan?’
Soldiers and knights.
Everyone who was watching the scene of massacre under the castle wall was trembled. Only after the gate was opened did the troops come to their senses and begin to enter.
Is it because the defense line was breached so quickly? The dragons, who could not help but be embarrassed, began to collapse so absurdly.
In the meantime, more than half of the compatriots guarding the castle wall died, and what was not enough, the castle wall burst open as if it were a magic door.
It was even stranger that I didn’t panic. The first city collapsed in vain like that.
What happened next was simple. They plundered the city and slaughtered all the dragons. People of different races who had been enslaved were liberated.
The second city too.
And so was the third city. On that day alone, the number of dragons killed by the duke was well over 1,000. Despite his tremendous performance, there was not the slightest sense of publicity or pride in the duke’s eyes.
Rather, I was just filled with concerns about how to proceed with this war. So how can knights harbor pride and arrogance in their hearts? On the contrary, with eyes shining brighter than ever, I had no choice but to be wary of any atmosphere that could become relaxed.
As more than 1,000 knights acted like that, the soldiers below naturally had no choice but to tighten their discipline.
It was an arduous process that required moving for a full day and not only that, but also having to keep watch within the last occupied city.
Despite this, the eyes of the soldiers and knights watching the surroundings on the castle wall only had the sharpness of a blade.
* * *
Humans have attacked the southern continent!
It was surprising news delivered to the north. From the past 50 years to now.
Although there were occasional groups of humans who washed up on the shore, there were virtually no groups of humans who formally invaded the southern continent.
A number close to thirty thousand. Even more surprising was the news that not only the coastal guard post but also the walls of the small town had been breached. That’s as many as three in one day!
This news contained much more shocking content than the fact that humans had attacked the continent.
The reason was simple.
This is because small towns were not simply meant as residential spaces where many dragons lived.
After Dragonlord Draksis united all dragon races.
As they began to use other races as slaves, rebellions began to break out everywhere. From then on, the small town began to double as a military fortress.
Bringing people of different races into the city. Not only was it not enough to build a wall so large and rugged that they could not overcome, but in case of emergency, they deployed at least 20 to as many as 40 middle-level dragons. A huge castle wall at least 8 meters high.
A city-level administrative district that places many dragons with outstanding skills there. In fact, this place was nothing short of a natural fortress.
It is a prison where no one can easily enter or leave. Because the city was structured in this way, not a single small city has collapsed even during invasions by foreign powers or rebellions by different races.
As such, the city was a place of great pride for the Dragon Clan.
In addition, since the name has the word ‘city’ attached to it, the number of dragons living in the small city basically exceeded 3,000. Even ordinary civilians, not soldiers, were monsters that could easily tear apart three or four humans.
I thought that the humans might be fully prepared as an army of 30,000 people attacked. However, I thought that at best, military activities would end with a sit-in protest in front of a small town for a few days.
No Yongin tribe ever thought that three cities would collapse in a single day so vainly. Even if they were high-ranking dragon people, their way of thinking was the same.
Moreover, there was a decisive factor that caused the rumor to spread like wild grass.
It was the fact that the commander-in-chief of this invasion was a descendant of Ardan.
What kind of family were they?
Even the greatest dragonlords were forced to give up their ambitions before their swords.
As if that wasn’t enough, this generation’s matriarch was recently known as the monster of monsters who killed four rulers.
It was a scary family.
Only then could I understand why three small cities collapsed in one day. If the descendants of such a family had come to the Southern Continent in person, it would not have been surprising for the city to have collapsed.
The rumor quickly began to hit major cities, including the capital.
Thanks to this, the capital was already in chaos. It was not strange for high-ranking dragons to gather in one place.
“…How do you think we should solve this problem?”
“We must send the army quickly now!”
“Of course I should send it. But the problem is… that person’s skills are beyond imagination… Look at this.”
Prime Minister Cruatz played the last magic video sent the previous day. On top of the burning city walls.
There was a knight scattering a lot of blood across the night sky. The sight of a monstrous human being was seen decapitating even a mid-level dragon in an instant without a single ounce of mana.
“…oh my god.”
“How can you do that without even using mana…”
The faces of the high-ranking dragons turned into contemplative ones. Even if they were themselves, they couldn’t show the power of tearing a mid-level dragon apart with sheer force alone.
No, to be precise.
It may have been possible once or twice, but it was impossible to see it continuously like that. His prestige was such that it was questionable whether even a ruler known as the Six Stars could do something like that.
The conference room was filled with heavy silence.