#After returning, the family was ruined (47)
After looking at the printing presses.
Ethan searched the head priest’s body.
While searching inside his body, he caught something in his hand.
The badge on the underwear maintained its shape to some extent even in the high heat.
The pattern drawn within the badge seemed to resemble the head of a dragon race.
‘Is it the mark of the religious order?’
Or it could have been a mark used by members of the group of wizards he was talking about.
It was an item worth investigating.
After taking the badge.
I took a closer look inside the cave.
Very meticulously even down to the wizard’s residence that the owner of the merchant had mentioned.
The wizard’s abode.
All there was was a bed, a desk, and a few books.
Ethan opened the books one by one.
‘It’s a magic book.’
It is a magic book containing theories and formulas that are not that special. Ethan’s eyes were filled with interest as he studied the book. This is because there was an unexpected phrase in the middle page of the magic book.
In order to create a dragon’s heart…
The book that contains fire magic contains text on heart training methods.
It was very strange.
Ethan began quickly flipping through the other books. By combining the short descriptions in each book, a single training method was revealed.
‘It’s a description of the theory.’
Perhaps this is the theory of the training method that the chief priest has been practicing.
Ethan’s eyes lit up.
No matter how much he was a transcendent of his past life, he was not able to establish the entire theory of cultivation methods simply by examining the internal blood flow path.
So, I tried to put a circle around the heart while being somewhat flexible about some of the tricks.
I ended up getting that theory just when I needed it.
‘If we build a ring in the heart in this way.’
I felt like I could quickly gain strength while minimizing side effects as much as possible.
Ethan nodded quietly.
‘It’s definitely a different level from what the mercenary babblers learned.’
What the mercenaries learned was a training method that focused solely on gathering energy quickly through the heart.
In other words, it means that it is a mana training method optimized for short life.
However, the theory we see now was different.
‘The side effects have been reduced significantly.’
The training method possessed by the chief priest had much more mystery and was of a higher standard.
‘If the family’s breathing method focuses on stability, solidity, and qualitative aspects.’
This was a method that instead focused on the amount of mana and the speed at which it accumulated.
It also meant that the head priest’s mana breathing method was quite good compared to the family’s mana breathing method.
In Ethan’s opinion, both had their own pros and cons.
I suddenly became curious.
If the chief priest learns this level of skill, then the person he calls ‘Archbishop’ must have mastered this level of skill.
‘If only I could retrieve the training method he possesses.’
In the future, the rings that will be built in the heart will be able to be used more efficiently. There was no hesitation once I knew the theory.
Ethan began to collect the pills that had spread throughout his body in his heart.
A method of quickly accumulating mana through a heart with concentrated energy, like the dragon heart of the dragon race.
The pill settled in the heart without difficulty.
‘I guess I’ll have to try it.’
The family’s secret method, Breath of Black Flame.
There is no breathing method that can build up mana as stable and solid as this.
If we mix here the theory of breathing techniques used by the dragon tribe.
His head spun rapidly.
In the theory I just looked at, I cut out all the unnecessary twigs and applied only the core principles to the breath of black flame.
If other knights had witnessed this scene, they might have been so shocked that they would have drooled from the corners of their mouths.
Modifying the mana breathing method to suit one’s own taste was not something that could be easily attempted, even by a knight of 8 stars or higher.
For Ethan, who had once reached the level of a transcendent, this process was just one of those things that could easily be passed by.
It was a moment to inhale and exhale. Ethan nodded in satisfaction.
The speed of collecting mana has become twice as fast as before.
There were no side effects, perhaps because the breathing technique was modified after understanding all the theories used by the chief priest.
‘This is a good application.’
If I had just accepted the Chief Priest’s breathing method, the speed of collecting mana would have been four times faster.
‘Instead, my body would have been damaged little by little.’
Rather than building up too much strength, it was much better to just take advantage and discard the disadvantages.
Like right now.
Among them, the second stage is the iron man stage. It didn’t seem like it would take long to overcome this and move on to the third step.
‘You got everything you got.’
Ethan came out of the cave and boarded the carriage with his blood sword removed.
After stopping at Gerond Village and instructing them to bring the printing presses to the village, they headed straight to the small town of Uldron.
He handed the top wine to the knights who saluted as they looked at the carriage.
“Put this guy in jail.”
The moment I got off the carriage like that.
Sylvia, who came to meet us, bowed her head.
“Are you here?”
She immediately handed me a document.
“What is it about?”
“After hearing about the book from Zipron, I did my own research into the religious denomination. “This is an analysis of them.”
Ethan handed over the document.
The document she handed over contained interesting information.
[Investigation report on the Church of Naraxus]
―Recognized as an official ‘church’ in the six kingdoms and empires excluding the Kingdom of Heidern.
―It is understood that the ‘Dragon God Book’ is spreading very quickly in other countries.
“These guys have been recognized as an official religious order?”
“yes. This is solid information. It is said that the Great Church, called the ‘holy land’ in the church, does not exist in the Zeno Empire, but has one central branch in each of the six kingdoms.”
“Jibura. Do you know what the position of the person in charge of the branch is?”
“He is called the Archbishop. “I heard that the head of the great church is called the leader.”
‘These guys really stuck with me.’
I couldn’t believe it.
Starting with other kingdoms and even the empire, they all had a deep relationship with the dragon people.
Otherwise, it would be impossible for a church that worships the dragon race to be promoted to an official church or to establish a branch.
“Are there no branches in the Kingdom of Heidern?”
“There are no officially revealed branches.”
Unofficially, they said it could happen. Ethan recalled the chief priest’s words.
“We… made a promise to the Archbishop…”
The guy clearly meant the Archbishop. I thought back to the words of the bald mercenary I heard last time.
“I heard that books like this are being distributed in some fiefdoms in the West… I’ve heard that books like this are being distributed in Viscount Dekun too.”
If we add in the report that the Kingdom of Heidern is also expanding its influence in areas excluding the west, it is true.
‘There is a high possibility that there is a man named Archbishop somewhere in the Kingdom of Heidern.’
Even if there is no official branch, there will be branches that are active unofficially.
That was when Ethan was in trouble.
“I have one more thing to report to you.”
“It seems that the King’s lukewarm response to the religion plays a large part in the reason why it is not recognized as an official ‘church’ in the kingdom, even though the nobles tacitly recognize it. Since this is a country that dealt directly with the Yongin tribe, it seems like they are watching the people’s opinions.”
Look at the public’s opinion.
The Kingdom of Heidern was the first nation to shed blood like the Zeno Empire when the Yongin invaded.
In addition, since the Duke of Ardan, who had been blocking the Yongin tribe, was given the grandiose title of guardian of the kingdom, it is natural that the burden of accepting the Yongin tribe would be much greater than that of other countries.
“Let’s take a look at this.”
Lawrence handed me another document. The document contained the policies that the king had implemented so far.
As Ethan looked at them, he realized one thing.
Although it may not seem like it, there were many policies that secretly checked the advancement of the Yongin tribe.
I thought they would ‘pretend’ by only blocking a moderate expansion of religious circles, but there were quite a few effective policies.
It did not seem to have a deep relationship with the Yongin tribe like other kingdoms.
What exactly is the king’s stance on religion?
I felt like I needed to find out more.
“From now on, please report regularly whenever new policies are introduced. Oh, and this.”
Ethan handed me a silver badge. It was an item obtained from the arms of the chief priest.
“Let’s do some research on the organization that uses this symbol. “It probably has something to do with wizards.”
“yes. “We will investigate.”
“And send this to Greston.”
I also handed over a letter to Sylvia.
It was a letter addressed to a dwarf.
* * *
Flame Hammer Forge.
A knight burst into it.
“Who is Popolence? “It’s more urgent.”
“It’s me… what’s going on?”
The knight who handed over the letter left the blacksmith shop. Popolence, who was tilting his head, looked at the seal on the letter and widened his eyes.
Looking at the seal on it, it was clear that this was a letter from the archduke I had met last time.
He hastily opened the letter.
//[color box] How have you been? I contacted you because I had something to ask. I found this symbol in an undesirable place. If you know of a dwarf who uses this symbol, please contact me. //[End of box] There
was a symbol drawn at the bottom of the letter. It was a slightly crude drawing, but not so much that it was unrecognizable.
This was especially true for Popolence. It was one of those patterns that I had seen so many times that I was so used to it that I got sick of it.
‘…This! ‘It’s his!’
A blacksmith who supplies goods to the royal family. This was definitely the pattern he was using. Porforence’s eyes shone faintly.
‘It’s not a good place.’
Dwarves revered capitalism and did a lot of things for money, but even taking that into account, Williams was one of the worst types.
Because he was one of the dwarves belonging to the polar faction, where the tendency to take on any job for money was completely prevalent.
‘I was in charge of a lucrative job.’
It seemed like it had something to do with the archduke in a bad way. The Archduke is a knight of formidable skill. This was a fact I personally confirmed last time.
In addition, he was a descendant of a famous family comparable to the royal family.
‘If you do this well.’
I didn’t know if I could give Williams a proper fuck. With the archduke’s skills and status, it is quite possible.
It seemed like I would have to visit the Archduke in person.
Popolence’s obsession with this guy was that huge.
He looked at his apprentices.
“Business is closed today! “I’ll give you vacation for the next month, so get some rest!”
“Are you on vacation?”
The apprentice tilted his head.
What on earth is written in the letter that would make this money-obsessed scoundrel give him a vacation?
His eyes, unlike their usual dullness, were shining brightly as if he had been rejuvenated.
This might be an opportunity.
One of the apprentices raised his hand.
“Maybe paid vacation…”
“You’re crazy! “What kind of pay is it for resting?”
The apprentice immediately flinched.
What are the chances?
As expected, the temperament of a miser never changes. Popforence, who had stopped working for a month, left the blacksmith shop and started running.
The place we arrived at after waddling was Sanyanggan.
“What’s going on that’s why you’re running so quickly?”
“Hey Mr. Khan! “Enough chatting, give me the fastest mountain goat here! Just for a month!”
“The rental fee is 3 gold.”
“…It’s ridiculously expensive.”
He grumbled and handed me three gold coins.
The dwarf, whimpering as he climbed on top of the mountain goat, pulled the reins.
The mountain goat left the city and started running vigorously.