Adventure 33. ‘Dragon Battle’
A war between dragons to determine the new dragon who will lead the next era of Khan.
It is a test where you challenge your limits by overcoming given trials and receiving appropriate evaluations.
Seolhong, the death flower with whom you have a close relationship, is also a dragon flower who has participated in this test. You must help her fight the battle.
Goal: Eliminate uninvited guests.
CAUTION This adventure is very dangerous.
Please note that situations in this adventure change from moment to moment.
Caution: This adventure is expected to be a long journey. Therefore, you may not be able to get proper rest.
Caution: You can give up this adventure at any time.
Current remaining time 「Unknown」
‘You can give up at any time?’
Following Alkatron, another adventure that is expected to be a long journey has appeared.
However, unlike other adventures I have experienced so far, the phrase that said you can give up at any time caught my eye.
‘Are you saying it won’t be that easy?’
In the past, I would have scoffed at a phrase like this, but now things are a little more complicated.
‘My strength hasn’t fully returned yet. ‘I don’t know how far this is possible.’
After taking the Yeongsaeng Pill, Kang Seol was still unable to use all of his strength. So, I was thinking of putting off the dangerous adventure for a while until I regained my strength, but I couldn’t do that because the horse was rustling right in front of my eyes.
I didn’t know that if I messed up once, I might not be able to maintain oil painting. Holes appear in memory and abilities.
‘It can’t be like that.’
Even though it was a bit difficult, I had no choice but to move forward.
If so, the problem at hand had to be taken to the next level.
So, how far is the current snowfall possible?
Not only did he have abilities that could not be compared to other transferees, but he also had fighting skills that he acquired while training with Tokiwa.
And even the magical spirit weapon grief that falls in the rain next to you.
Although they were not particularly suitable for a summoner to use as weapons, they were all powerful weapons.
Can we help Seolhong right now with just these weapons?
Kang Seol thought about the answer for a moment.
And came to a conclusion.
‘Is it possible.’
* * *
Snow And the name of the village where Seolhong and Cheonju stayed was Cheongreed Village. In fact, the previous size of Cheonguldae Village was much larger than it is now.
It was reduced to its current size because everyone left because public security was not established to protect the residents from frequent raids by bandits.
If anyone were to be held responsible for this, it was definitely the wild dogs of the Silver Grass Mountain.
The worst of evils that preys on not only the village residents but also the slash-and-burn farmers who fled into the mountains because it was difficult to survive.
They were a band of thieves who had already become too corrupt to blame the world. The reason why this group of thieves were able to survive for so long in the great empire of Khan was simple.
This was because the khan had such a vast territory.
It was very difficult to use troops to subdue the bandits on the border, and the local feudal lords in regions beyond the influence of the Dragon Emperor ended up colluding with the bandits.
The current Khan Empire was truly in a state of turmoil. Objects that have been used for a long time tend to rust or wear out, and so did countries. There was a rusty part.
The Dragon Emperor’s intentions were unknown at this time, but there was already enough justification to fight the Dragon War and send the Dragon Flowers out into the world.
“This is the right place…”
Seolhong has now infiltrated the silver grass mountain alone. She has only heaven and earth to rely on. Now that Cheonju was in bed, she was alone.
No one came forward for her and showed little interest in her status as Yonghwa, who was at the bottom of the succession rankings.
Lottery tickets with probabilities were something that skilled players could know without even scratching the surface.
In the end, she had no choice but to move alone in order to meet the given deadline.
‘Is this the road leading back to the mountain village?’
Seolhong moved to the back of the mountain plant.
After walking for a while, we got close enough to the wild dogs’ shelter to see its size.
It was not something to look down on as just a bunch of thieves.
The mountain lodge was large enough to accommodate more than 40 to 50 people.
‘First, infiltrate the living quarters…’
The sound of something breaking.
It was true that it was a tree branch that was broken, but Seolhong felt something strange and rolled over to leave.
Then the ground she was standing on flipped over and the net flew into the air.
‘Was it a trap?’
Seolhong sighed and watched the situation. Perhaps a guard will hear the commotion and come.
As expected, her prediction was correct.
Two guards approached the trap.
“hmm? “I thought it was a bear.”
“What about bears… they’re strange…”
“Isn’t this just some crazy people wandering around without even knowing the topic?”
“Tsk tsk tsk… Then we can have fun again.”
Seolhong’s heart felt cold.
‘Those who are out of their minds?’
First of all, we had to do something before it was too late.
A guard falls down holding his chest.
Seolhong immediately twisted his waist and jumped up, sending a kick into the neck of another guard. The guard who was attacked fell to the ground, rolling his eyes out.
The Yonghwas were trained by the royal warriors to a certain level.
Therefore, Seolhong also possessed a force that was not at a normal level.
The question was how far this force would work.
The guard tied them to the tree with the rope he had.
Then he tore their clothes and stuffed them in his mouth.
It was Seolhong’s delicate part.
They were all people who deserved to be killed, but due to her lack of experience, she postponed that judgment.
It was a weak judgment that it would be okay to accept surrender.
Murder was a line she did not want to cross just yet.
‘I’m going to sneak in alive like this.’
Seolhong jumped over the fence surrounding the mountain vegetable garden that obscured what was going on inside.
And I made a promise.
I will definitely do it.
my rain-soaked bangs covered my eyes a little, but I didn’t care.
Seolhong quickly seeped into the wild vegetables.
Visual information, olfactory information, and auditory information were flooding in.
“Puh-huh… He paid me more than I should have, so I won’t be able to endure winter.”
“He probably knows it too. “There is no other force that can supply slaves as consistently as we can.”
These stories probably relate to the trade in slaves obtained through plunder.
The thieves must have been eating well and living well, and their bodies were so plump that they were no different from giants.
Hair covering his arms, unruly beards, and even hair that looked like it hadn’t been washed in months.
There was a foul smell everywhere.
However, this foul odor was not solely due to their cleanliness.
An unfamiliar smell.
A smell that sometimes makes your head spin when you smell it in an unfamiliar situation.
‘It smells like blood…’
Seolhong was quickly able to find the place where the smell of blood was coming from.
The blood was in the rain, so it could be seen even from a distance.
Seol-hong had never once imagined that he could skewer someone.
More than ten people were skewered and displayed for display. It’s as if hunters are showing off their prey.
If that was all it took, he would have been outraged by the cruelty of the wild dogs and vowed to take revenge.
– I can’t help it. Children like us, given by the Dragon Emperor, cannot go before him.
– Self-deprecation is not good!
– It’s about understanding the topic, Seolhong. Don’t you know reality too?
The same situation as Seolhong, who was placed at the end of the line of succession.
One of the men skewered was Jahyo, one of Seolhong’s brothers.
And… there were two other brothers beside him.
“Why is it because I’m stupid.”
Seolhong was startled by a voice coming from behind and tried to turn his head.
I lost consciousness with a great shock.
* * *
When the Yonghwa began a month ago, every Yonghwa was sent with a recorder.
They had both civil and military skills and the insight to remain calm in any situation.
“… The fire of death did not escape. But… As a result, all candidates assigned to subdue wild dogs failed.”
“The force of the wild dogs was greater than expected. “The Yonghwas at the bottom of the succession hierarchy would not have had the strength to destroy the living quarters on their own.”
“Isn’t that too harsh?”
“A fight is not about watering flowers. They’re cutting out the weeds. Nutrients that should go to the qualified should not be spent on the disheveled. This is the process.”
A woman nodded at the words of the oldest among the archivists.
“It was an ordeal that Yonghwa was able to overcome.”
“It’s a bad habit for Yonghwas to look down on their opponents. “Competition is important in this war, but they overlooked that cooperation can also occur.”
“This can be said in the case of Jahyo, Miju, and Charin. However, Seolhong arrived here late because his only servant suffered from an endemic disease. “Let alone cooperation, we couldn’t even know the situation of the other brothers.”
“What do you mean? “Are you saying you had bad luck?”
“Heavenly luck is also an important virtue for dragons. Heaven does not abandon the dragon. If he was abandoned… he wasn’t cut out to become a dragon. “If you simply leave all responsibility to luck, all you can do is run away.”
“… All right. If we do that, we’ll count him as having failed the test, and we’ll take Seolhong’s life…” The
oldest recorder shook his head.
“You must never intervene.”
“It’s her… child, right? Yuhwa’s…”
“Stop! Just because it’s her child, you can’t go against the rules of the War of Dragons!”
“… Everyone raised their voices unnecessarily. “Look over there.”
The eyes of the young man and the old man turned to where the woman pointed with her finger.
A young man was lightly climbing a mountain.
With a black umbrella.
His umbrella also looked somewhat unusual.
* * *
The tinnitus didn’t stop.
Seolhong opened his eyes and looked ahead.
The skewer that left the brothers dead.
One skewer was empty.
Man’s terrible imagination filled the empty space with snow-red.
“Kid, is it difficult to breathe?”
A tough-looking man was smiling in front of a chair with a snowflake tied to it.
There were dozens of thieves standing around him.
The man called someone over and asked.
“Are you sure about this kid?”
“yes! I was bullied by this little guy…”
“You must be idiots to even get beaten up by a kid like this. “I can’t believe you dropped Hwichang’s name on the ground like this.”
Hwi-chang said to Seol-hong, who was sitting still and staring at him blankly.
“But the dragon emperor is also funny. “How can they view this Hwi-chang and only send such brats?”
Hwichang threw the hatchet and hit Jahyo’s skewered body. The ax fell squarely on Jahyo.
“Hehehe… Dragon’s blood? That’s funny. Are you telling me to believe in the delusions and legends that are being fed to those kids? The same goes for all of you Yonghwas. “They are just foolish b*stards who think they are superior from birth because of their father.”
Hwichang raises Seolhong’s head with one hand.
“This is the price. It’s a dog’s death. You people who treat Hwichang’s life like the life of a fly… did you think you wouldn’t die? “I’m serious because I don’t have enough sincerity.”
“You people who hide in magnificent palaces and live in luxury, dare to discuss life and death? “Do you know how funny it is?”
The subordinate standing next to Hwichang slapped Seolhong on the cheek.
Seolhong’s cherry-like lips burst and blood flowed out.
“Answer what the boss says.”
“Are you afraid of dying, kid? “Please pray for my life.”
“It’s not fun for us to kill someone as young as you. Because the dream spot is fierce… kehehehe….”
“… Did you laugh?”
“Speak no lies, my misguided lord.”
Seolhong opened his eyes clearly and looked confidently at Hwichang’s face.
“How do those who grew up on the milk of the Khan Empire accumulate bad karma?”
“The number of villages plundered by you exceeded double digits, and the number of slaves you sold exceeded one hundred. The number of those killed by you…”
“Stop! Stop saying things you don’t want to hear. Khan kaaaaan! Khan made us like this. What are you trying to say? Are you trying to tell us that we are wrong?”
“Someone has to tell you that you are wrong.”
“That’s bad… I’ll burn you alive. Oil! “Bring the oil!”
Hwichang’s subordinates, whose eyes were rolling, crawled and did as he said.
“Just pray that you made a mistake right now. “If you do that, I will kill you gracefully.”
Seolhong did not give up.
“I, Seolhong, am not capable enough to scold you. But one day you will repent. “By someone other than me.”
“I will burn you to death.”
Seolhong closed his eyes and waited for death to come.
It was then.
“Click ah ah ah!”
“Fall! My paaal!”
The two thieves who were guarding the chair where Seolhong was restrained screamed and fell away.
The sound of the rain has changed.
The snow-red sky was half obscured.
It was covered with an umbrella.
“It’s difficult if it rains.”
“… this voice.”
The voice coming from behind was one she had heard often recently.
“Why… why here….”
“Cheonju is worried.”
“Heavenly Lord… Yes, Heavenly Lord… What is more difficult than that?”
“If there is one more sick person, it becomes a hassle.”
Words that do not fit the situation.
Hwichang realized the situation and became angry.
“What are you doing! Come on…”
Kang Seol put his index finger to his lips.
It means to be quiet.
It was clearly a ridiculous action, but for some reason, Hwichang and his subordinates could not attack him. My body didn’t listen.
The thieves could do nothing in the face of overwhelming power.
“…Are you pitying me?”
“Can’t I? Seolhong Because you are Yonghwa?”
“No, that’s not true…”
She smiled self-deprecatingly and then
said, “I’m just asking this just in case, so please don’t be shy.”
Seolhong said with tears in his eyes.
The frowning face continued to shed tears. Now that I was using an umbrella, I couldn’t even blame it on the rain.
“Won’t you… become a hero?”
– Won’t you be a hero?
This is what I said while chasing the warriors in Cheonggaldae Village.
The answer came right away.
Kang Seol’s answer was different from Seol Hong’s expectations.
“I’m not interested in that.”
“… Is that also the case?”
“I didn’t come to you to be a hero.”
“She sent me.”
“she? No way…”
“Yuhwa, your mother.”
“Oh mother… why…”
“Is there something you wish for now?”
As Kang Seol listened, Seol Hong said something.
He smiled slightly and said to Hwichang.
“You are wrong.”
Eyes appeared from the umbrella and responded.
It was heartbreak.
【that’s right! It’s wrong! hmm? Are you sure?】
“Yes, I’m sure.”
【Then grief will punish you now! Hehehe!】
Hwichang shuddered with anger.
“Now that’s crazy as a pair. “I’ll skewer you too.”
The rope that restrained Seolhong had already been released.
“Are you no longer doing your work as a member of the National Assembly?”
“I quit. “I have no talent for saving people.”
Snowy umbrella covered him and Seolhong.
And after a while, the two disappeared from the spot.
it was still raining. But now Seolhong no longer had to face the rain alone.
“Where is he?”
And a scream was heard simultaneously through the sound of rain.