[So you were there. That's fortunate……]
[Ugh, I thought I'd have a little more time, but any more is…..]
[Yu IlHan, soon, my]
And the voice disconnected there. Yu IlHan stood there in confusion and tapped his cheeks. Mystic asked.
[What are you doing, master?]
[I did, it was definitely the voice of that angel that was with you before.]
If he heard it alone, he might have treated it as his own illusion due to his longing, but it seemed like even Orochi heard that.
[There was another angel?]
"Well, yes. There was."
There was no doubt about it. The calm and cold voice definitely belonged to Erta. He couldn't forget that voice. The hearty…… actually, not so hearty, but still good - ally had been with him from the beginning of the Great Cataclysm until just a few years ago!
The problem was how her voice could be transmitted to the Yu IlHan who was inside the barrier made by the Hourglass of Eternity.
"A recorded file?"
[It was live.]
Orochi immediately retorted to Yu IlHan's words. However, he only pouted and replied.
"But unless she's inside the barrier, that is impossible. The time inside the Hourglass of Eternity cannot be recognized outside the barrier. No, actually, there is a trace that Erta left within the Hourglass of Eternity, did she use that?"
[Nothing would come out of asking me.]
Yu IlHan thought about that, but nothing came out of it. He did not know the reason she could transmit her voice to him, nor did he know the reason she did so, but once the barrier dispels and he went outside, he would probably find out.
"Good, let's finish it off quick and find out what's happening outside."
[So everything ends in work?]
In any case, he felt a little better after hearing Erta's voice. He shouldn't judge from the voice alone, but it seemed that she was still doing well. Moreover, since she sought Yu IlHan out first, he would be able to meet her sooner or later. Thinking about that, he subconsciously smiled.
[So, what was that just now?]
Mystic was full of questions, but no one answered her. Yu IlHan only took out new 4th class magic stones. Tens of them.
"Good, I should add some functionalities while I'm at it."
"To set an alarm function on the entirety of the formation……"
Time would flow rapidly when Yu IlHan was absorbed in something. One hundred 4th class magic stones disappeared, one thousand more disappeared, and ten thousand more disappeared. In that time, the magic formation was being changed from the very foundation.
"It'll become a mess once the barrier opens."
"And you're even better?"
Replied Yu IlHan while feeling the presence of Liera behind his back. Of course, one of his hands was still on the ground and the other was pulling out the mana out of the magic stone.
"And the battle training?"
"It's because they struggled to survive amidst dragons until now…… But finished? Why did you finish it?"
Liera gave a smack on the back of Yu IlHan's head since he never turned around even though she was here, before speaking.
"There's only a day left before the barrier dissipates. They can only go against higher existences if they recover their full conditions!"
"You really are something. You were like that this entire time?"
"I didn't even feel the flow of time honestly……"
Yu IlHan finally realized that he was in contact with the magic formation for quite a long time. He checked on the magic formation for now, and it seemed that he would be able to finish within the allocated time.
"Okay, then you go rest too, Liera. I'll finish this off."
"I'm sorry about that."
Of course, as long as Yu IlHan had work remaining, Liera had to give up on the short romantic night before the battle. It was her own fault for falling for him despite knowing that. However, she was also past the point of no return, since she thought that that his such figure was still cool.
"I'm going to rest. You shall regret missing this opportunity."
Yu IlHan didn't even let Liera put up her pride as a woman and changed topics. However, as his new topic was very unexpected Liera still obediently participated in it.
"Earth had already lost its connection to Heaven. But now that you've activated the Hourglass of Eternity here in Dareu, perhaps that was transmitted to Erta. If there is an artifact that activates the moment the Hourglass of Eternity does, then it's not actually impossible……..But."
Liera's voice whispered into Yu IlHan's ears.
"Did Erta say something to you? Be honest with me."
"Fortunate, fortunate, she said. Ufu, it won't be so 'fortunate' soon."
Liera's face had a dark smile as if she was drawing a foreshadow. It was a smirk that did not fit her usual bright self!
"Fufu, it's quite exciting to imagine Erta's crying face."
"You'll probably bully her the most though."
"Something like that. You'll probably be in the dark for all of eternity."
"I cannot understand what you're saying."
To the dense Yu IlHan, realizing the truth from that much clue was impossible. Liera did not speak anymore and went away.
Perhaps she was still not used to her lower existence body, and she had to rest after the two weeks of unending battle. In fact, even if Yu IlHan assaulted her first, she would have to refuse. Of course, not that this made Yu IlHan not bad……
Yu IlHan finally raised his head to see Liera. She approached him and kissed his lips like a bird pecking on food. He widened his eyes, but loosened them soon after.
"I feel energized now."
Although it was not the passionate romance that she wanted, this was probably good in itself - as Liera became happier with Yu IlHan's smile, she decided to let him go for today.
Yu IlHan returned to work, and Liera went into the Flying fortress to let her tired body rest. And before a day went past, Yu IlHan finally finished modifying the magic formation.
18 minutes prior to the barrier's dispelling time.
"That was close."
"You crammed in so many new functions, what else can there be!?"
The ancient elves did indeed install a magic formation difficult to find in any other world, and the time that the magic formation had experienced bestowed it history and power to heighten it further.
However, the magic formation prior to Yu IlHan's tinkering, compared to the magic formation after Yu IlHan's modifications differed overwhelmingly. If the former was the 3rd class Yu IlHan, the latter could be called the 4th class Yu IlHan!
First, the already fast activation time was shortened even further, and the mana ripples in the activation sequence was reduced to the minimum to increase efficiency and secretiveness, and the magic formation additionally sensed any beings that were not allies that tried to come in contact with the formation, and told Yu IlHan the location. To top it off, he set a debuff to limit the activation of movement-class skills and magic.
To sum up, like how the Heaven's Army or the Destruction Demon Army were tremendously strong in their own territories and had easy time defending against invaders, Yu IlHan had also acquired near complete control over Dareu!
"Although it's still lacking…… I'll be satisfied with this for now."
"Don't make weird moaning sounds and focus on control."
"It's not as easy as you say it is!"
Na YuNa, who now had to control two holy regions after the Guardian fortress was made into a holy region, had become very sensitive. Even while receiving Liera's glare, she did not let go of Yu IlHan's hand. Though, she would have to since the barrier would be dispelled at any moment.
"Your Majesty, is everything over now?"
"The preparation for the beginning has ended."
Yu IlHan lightly replied to Paté before looking around to the elves and wolfkin. He nodded lightly.
"From now is our turn. It will be our turn until the very end."
"We'll make it happen!"
Although the time was short, they had experienced a training where they were squeezed to their limits, and their pressure was as if they wiped out several higher existences already. Yu IlHan laughed and turned around before taking a short breath.
Now, he really had to kill higher existences with them. He had the confidence to.
"You're alright now too, are you not, Miss YuNa?'
"I can't help it since there's no time. Tch."
Na YuNa let go of Yu IlHan's hand as if she couldn't help it. It seems that she wasn't lying when she said it was difficult, as she immediately creased her brows, but the flow of mana in the Flying fortress and the Guardian fortress was still stable.
Although it had been some time since he had acquired the Hourglass of Eternity, never was he as tense as this time. Where was this nervousness coming from? Anxiety? Excitement? Fear? If not that, then expectation?
'Good, I want to become a higher existence by the end of this war.'
He had no plans to join the Heaven's Army, or the Destruction Demon Army or the Garden of Sunset. Yu IlHan wanted to become a higher existence independently, on his own, with his potential alone.
It's probably nothing - even Chaos Will from Earth had done it, so there was no reason why Yu IlHan' couldn't. Yu IlHan dispelled the barrier after setting a grand objective that would put anyone to shock.
And time started flowing again.
The elves, who were waiting in fear, looked for him.
"Why is nothing changing?"
"What nonsense are you saying?"
Yu IlHan replied to them while finding an area where there were the least number of higher existences.
"Concealment is casted over all of us. Not to mention higher existences, even their grandpas won't find us."
"I said this is our turn, right? How long are you going to hide in fear? We're going to be the ones invading this time, and beating them up. Okay?"
Although he was still unsatisfied with their mental education, but he couldn't help it. They would be able to come to themselves once they actually fought higher existences, so he immediately….
However, Yu IlHan stopped mid way through the activation. Although it was very far, he could feel something that was moving in a straight line towards them.
As Yu IlHan had mentioned just now, they were under concealment, so no one should be able to find their locations….. if there was one, there's…
He turned around to Liera, but now that she was no longer an angel, she didn't seem to have found her yet. Yu IlHan thought about what to do for a moment, but decided to wait.
The wait was not long. As Dareu had ascended into the realm of higher worlds, any higher existences could utilize their full powers without holding back.
Liera soon noticed and voiced out. Her face contained confusion.
"Sheesh, how hurried can she be!?"
"Perhaps the Heaven's Army may already be here in Dareu. What we saw maybe just the tip of the iceberg."
Erta soon showed herself below the clouds. Not accompanied by any other angels, she alone was flying here with a pair of white wings.
Shouted Erta. Her expression was twisted like an orc that had its food taken away.
[I'll kill you!]
"Dammit, she's an enemy after all?"
He didn't want to have Erta as his enemy! - Yu IlHan bit on his lips and when he was about to take out his spear, Liera shook her head.
"Nah, she's on our side."
"……There's something like that."
Erta rage that seemed to fill the world with anger and Liera's bitter smile.
Yu IlHan only tilted his head in confusion.
Author's notesHer rage is justified!
There's also an unwritten author note 2, which goes - "I won't be doing two chapters tomorrow. I think that it's better to focus on quality rather than pumping out chapters without quality."….. But author has to consider the plot…. so guess what. there's still $100 in queue!