[Get that damned dragon bitch over here, right now.] (Liera)
Shouted Liera while raising her spear.
[I’ll enact justice unto that bitch! I! To her!] (Liera)
[Along with the words: ‘it’s very fortunate that you weren’t banished from Heaven’, I have to tell you the unfortunate news that Lecidna has already died.] (Erta)
When Erta, who was just as enraged as Lita, replied powerlessly. Liera ended up lowering her spear.
It was akin to a face of a student that realized that their entrance exam scores could have gotten them into a better college than their school grades by at least two levels.1
This sense of loss, powerlessness and despair!
At that moment, the baby dragon walked with his little steps and grabbed her leg just as her boiling rage was wandering without a direction to go.
Then, with a pure and naïve voice, he spoke what was on his mind.
He raised his head to look at Liera. He was handsome because he was born as a dragon, but perhaps due to the influence of Yu IlHan’s mana, he even resembled him.
Disregarding others, it was Liera who deeply loved Yu IlHan, so it was a critical hit at that time. Marvelously, Liera’s burning rage and desire for revenge melted down like ice cream under the hot sun.
[It’s not noona.] (Liera)
Liera lowered his head and met his gaze and spoke in a gentle voice.
[Call me mom from now on.] (Liera)
[But he’s so cute! On second thought, he only absorbed IlHan’s mana, so I can accept it!] (Liera)
Really, a surprising turn of events. Yu IlHan, who didn’t accept everything that was happening here quite yet, could finally come back to being himself after listening to Liera’s words.
“Yes, of course. He only absorbed my mana.”
Yu IlHan tapped his cheeks and came to himself. The dragon who was watching let go of Liera’s legs and imitated Yu IlHan and tapped his own cheeks.
Was it a child after all? Yu IlHan laughed at that unexpected reaction and waved his hand to call him over. The child, who was at a loss at what to say after hearing what Liera said, ran towards him in joy and stopped in front of him.
“You are my dad!”
Words of conviction without the slightest bit of suspicion.
Yeah, of course. Since it’s true after all. However, it isn’t!
Yu IlHan tried his best to calm himself down and spoke after meeting the child’s gaze.
“Listen to me carefully. I never thought that I will become your father, nor did I have such a resolve. Conclusively, I have no relations with your mother whatsoever. Understand that?”
Although it wasn’t something to be said to a newborn, but the child nodded seriously as if he understood everything.
“I only woke you up with flames and mana. Of course, I will raise you because of the promise with Lecidna, but in compensation, I will even use you in battle. I will even subordinate you with the Rule skill. Isn’t it scary? Did you understand that?”
The blatant words even made Yu IlHan himself feel guilty, but the child smiled naïvely and nodded again.
Yes, it isn’t so bad to be honest from the get go. – muttered Yu IlHan in his heart and declared as such:
“Well then, so, I cannot be called your dad.”
“You are my dad!”
Yu IlHan tried his best to endure his urge to smack him, while the child spoke.
“Dragons are like that, dad!”
“Being strong is everything!”
While Yu IlHan sighed while facepalming, the child laughed while doing the same action.
“…….Why are you imitating me?”
“Because dad is strong!”
In other words, he was imitating because he thought he might get stronger if he did. Yu IlHan felt stuffy when he heard the truly child-like but at the same time, dragon-like words.
[Why don’t you acknowledge it, Yu IlHan? To think they breed using the fusion of mana, it truly is dragon-like. As such, that child is indeed your son. However, that’s from a dragon’s perspective. It’s very far from what you’ve learnt and wished for until now: romance, marriage, and childbirth. I’m just saying that you ended up with a child just looking at the last step.] (Erta)
Erta, who said that, continued as if she had prepared all her words.
[As such, you have a child, but it can still be said that you have no wife. You are a born loner and virgin, just with a dragon child!] (Erta)
[Oh, please. Call it second worst.] (Erta)
However, Yu IlHan couldn’t escape reality anymore. He was caught in a trap the moment he took out the golden egg from Lecidna’s lair.
Lecidna, she was a woman who, from the beginning till the end, caused Yu IlHan several headaches.
[Call me mom. Mo-m.] (Liera)
[Liera, stop it. It’s embarrassing.] (Erta)
Was Liera also at an age when she wanted to marry and have a child? Yu IlHan, who was at a loss, thought such idiotic things and watched the scene where a dragon and two angels played around before tapping his cheeks again. Even if he got bruises on his cheek, he had to come to himself.
Then he acknowledged reality.
“You are indeed my son.”
Yu IlHan, he had lived for over a thousand years, but according to his register, he was still 20 years old.
He got a dragon son.
“As you wish, I will make you stronger. However, you will suffer a lot so keep that in mind.”
“I’m fine with anything if I can get stronger!”
Rather than a newborn, that line was more fitting for a protagonist in a shounen manga, but Yu IlHan decided to not bother thinking about it.
“I must first name you. Will MyungHan be good?”2
[That’s not even Korean!] (Erta)
Due to Erta’s desperate opposition, the child’s name, in the end, was decided to be, ‘Mir’, the pure Korean word meaning ‘dragon’.
[Coincidentally his surname is Yu so his name gives off quite a pressure!] (Erta)
Ymir (Yumir) was the name of the ancestor giant in Norse Mythology. Even though this name was purely coincidental, created from a Korean surname and a Korean word!
Yumir seemed to be so happy that his dad named him as he hugged Yu IlHan and jumped around.
Then, he suddenly collapsed on the ground and spoke while hugging Yu IlHan.
“Dad, I’m hungry.”
“Yes, of course.”
With a bitter smile, Yu IlHan was about to open his inventory, when he thought of something and grabbed Yumir’s jaw to see inside the mouth to check whether he had teeth. Very sharp and sturdy teeth could be seen.
As expected of a dragon. A born predator.
“Good, let’s eat meat.”
He had tons of meat. Moreover, there was also the fire that could control temperature according to his mind, right by his side.
“It’s hot! It’s delicious!”
“Eat a lot, yes.”
When he grilled the meat with some suitable sauce, Yumir ate deliciously as if having waited for it. At that moment.
[You’ve contracted the baby dragon Yumir due to the power of the Dragon Rider. The passive skill was activated. You cannot activate the active skill as your dragon’s power is still too weak.]
Although they had already talked about this, the contract was done the moment the Yumir ate meat. Yu IlHan couldn’t hide his worry for Yumir’s future.
In any case, a contract was a contract. Yu IlHan’s and Yumir’ mana seemed to resound out and softly meet each other as if in resonance, before it spun around and became a solid tie between them.
A deeper connection between the two was formed than the ones formed with angels. Since the child was too weak as of yet and wasn’t so reliable, but this connection wasn’t bad at all.
However, that wasn’t the end.
[The skill, Rule, can activate. Proceed?]
Yu IlHan felt a slightly complex emotion, but as they had already spoken about it, he activated the skill without hesitation. The skill, Rule, was much more simple than the contract, and a strange mark was formed on Yumir’s neck before disappearing.
[The dragon, Yumir, has become your subordinate. Yumir’s growth accelerates. You may view Yumir’s status.]
“Dad, what did you do?”
Yu IlHan tended to be awkward towards Yumir, but whether he knew or didn’t care, or whether he just liked it, Yumir just answered with a smile and munched at the meat while smearing sauce all over his face.
“Yeah, yeah, just empty my entire inventory.”
This kid had quite an aura while eating, so Yu IlHan just took out meat in units of 10 kilograms each time.
The Eternal Flame was making Yu IlHan’s life easier by leaning towards the outside of the furnace, and Yumir, who looked at that scene where it seemed like Yu IlHan was wielding fire like his own body, clapped.
“Dad is amazing!”
“Your stomach is more amazing.”
While Yumir was busy eating, Yu IlHan called out Yumir’s status window on his retina and checked.
[Title – The one baptized by the flame of eternity(130% increase in fire attribute resistance, absorb a portion of fire attribute attacks), Birth of Chaos(70% increase in all status ailment resistance)]
[Active skills – Concealment Lv 1, Middle tier wind magic Lv 1, Superhuman strength Lv 1]
[Passive skills – Mana rule Lv 1, Dragonblood regeneration Lv 1, Physical combat mastery Lv 1, Language Lv 1, Resting Lv 1, Critical Hit Lv 1, Extreme poison resistance Lv 1, Higher curse resistance Lv 1]
Now that was talent. – or so the status window said to him. How could he possess so many useful things from birth!
[Yu IlHan, you also had concealment when you were born, no?] (Erta)
Yes. The world was unfair. There was no reply even if one complained to heaven, so one could only do his best to live with all one had.
And, this kid who was eating meat in units of kilograms, had a super accelerated start line. Not only did he have several skills that Yu IlHan had never heard of, there were some higher ranked skills as well.
Moreover, those frightening titles! Lecidna’s words were correct. The fire that influenced his birth had a lot of effect in his power.
Just as he decided on the direction he should raise him in.
Was he finally full? The child made a small burp and collapsed before sleeping on the spot. Feeling that a calm night had arrived after a storm Yu IlHan felt his energy draining.
“I’m really tired.”
[Ahh, so cute. How can he be so cute?] (Liera)
Liera, who still hadn’t given up on becoming the child’s stepmother, used magic to lightly wash the sleeping Yumir and embraced him. Then, she looked at Yu IlHan and spoke.
[We should buy him some clothes.]
“We should do that when we go outside. That’s good, we have to buy clothes for the elves too……”
Yu IlHan’s heart pounded momentarily while looking at Yumir in Liera’s embrace, but he didn’t understand why it was so until the very end, and vaguely said.
However, while he was looking inside the inventory to shake that feeling away, he found something he had forgotten about until now.
“Ah, the bucket.”
What Yu IlHan took out was the huge bucket that would take up more than half of the workshop. The bucket that turned dragon’s blood into a high-end alcohol called Breath.
He finally found it after he had dealt with the elven empire and the other matters.
[What’s that bucket? The magic I feel from it is not normal?] (Liera)
“I’m also curious. So it goes like this. At first I……”
However, the moment he touched the bucket, the bucket’s information was renewed and appeared on his retina.
[Dragon’s breath-imbued Giant Bucket]
All things that enter this bucket will be reborn as a result of strong injection and circulation of mana.]
Thunder roared in Yu ILHan’s mind.
[Yu IlHan?] (Erta)
The angels, who found his reaction strange, strange checked the information on the bucket and likewise, became speechless.
[So dragon’s hearts can become like this when they’re gathered up…… I didn’t know since I never did gather them……] (Liera)
[I didn’t have the chance to gather them at all……] (Erta)
It was an extremely difficult thing to give create an artifact with a method other than metalworking. Strictly speaking, even Erta, who contributed to the creation of this artifact had never experienced such things before.
However, what could he do with this artifact? Although the description was grand, but it was in fact very difficult to find an actual use.
There was definitely something, but even the two higher existences couldn’t come up with an answer. All they could think of was to get some hot water into it and have a relaxing dip. There would be no better treasure than this for those who learned the way of mana, especially those who trained in magic.
However, Yu IlHan did. He already knew the answer!
Yu IlHan took out a 100L plastic bag containing dragon’s blood from his inventory and ripped it apart on top of the bucket. The blood inside poured into the bucket.
[Kyak, What are you doing!?] (Liera)
Yu IlHan denied her. Was he denied the shared work? Erta’s eyes filled with disappointment but that was her misunderstanding.
That was because, the next moment, Yu IlHan took out dragon meat he was storing and threw them inside the bucket where dragon’s blood was splashing around!
[……What are….] (Erta)
To the angels who were watching the scene with dumbfounded expressions, Yu IlHan shouted with pride like the moment he successfully hunted the sperm whale in the stormy seas before.
“This isn’t something liike Breath. This…… This is a treasure that will broaden the horizons of monster meat cooking!”
The thunder that roared in Yu IlHan’s mind, was none other than the enlightenment of a new recipe due to his cooking skill!
Author’s notesAll dragons pursue power. Of course, there are different forms of ‘power’. As explained in this chapter, Yumir (Ymir) is an ancestor giant appearing in Norse Mythology. It’s apparently also the name of a character that appeared in ‘Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)’ that was famous for ‘various reasons’. Passive concealment is a power only allowed to a single person, Yu IlHan, across all worlds!! Of course, the concealment skill itself was inherited! Yu IlHan who grows (as a chef) through enlightenment.
Also, I will interchangeably use ‘Yumir’ and ‘Mir’ for the dragon child. Yu Mir looks crap.
In Korea, there are two ways to get in college. One, by school grades, and two, by entrance exams (CSAT). If you get accepted in a college with your school grades, you cannot apply for a college with your entrance exam scores. I couldn’t think of an English alternative, sorry… Yu MyungHan is what Mouri Kogorou from the Detective Conan series is translated as in Korea, at the same time, it means ‘famous’ The dragon from ‘Have a meal before you go’ was named ‘Gyul’, meaning ‘tangerine’