"Does this skill dispel if you leave Dareu?"
"No, it can be maintained as long as I will it."
Liera asked, curious about the faint membrane around this world, and Yu IlHan honestly answered. Liera became speechless.
"Even so…… *sigh*, I shouldn't have asked."
The war was over, and the skill that prevented any outsiders from entering has also been activated. Although many horrifying monsters will be born in this world, as this world was now a higher world, the current elves and wolfkin would be able to manage that by themselves.
Ericia carefully approached Yu IlHan and Liera.
"The battlefield has been cleaned up; the harvest of the materials…… as well as recovering the corpses.'
"Suitable measures have been carried out. We're all waiting for master's next orders."
Yu IlHan patted Ericia's head who was lowering her head slightly. Looking at her twitching ears, he spoke with a small smile.
"Then let us have the funeral then."
A grand funeral for Phiria, whose death notified him of the occurrences in Dareu, as well as all the other elves and wolfkin who died throughout the war, as well as Lecidna, Yumir's mother, was carried out. Yu IlHan, his subordinates, the elves and wolfkin, and Yumir's Dragon's army all gathered in one place.
"Though, to be exact, Lecidna was completely fooled by the Garden of Sunset……"
When Lecidna's body inside Yu IlHan's inventory showed itself in the outside world, the setting sun colored her golden scales red. Yumir looked at that with clear eyes as if he didn't feel any sadness, before approaching her body and lightly embraced it, while still in dragon form.
[I'm going to live on strong with dad. So mom, don't worry about us and be born strong in your next time, and live a long life.]
"A dragon is a dragon alright."
While Yu IlHan was speechless at Yumir's words, the children comprising the Dragon's army became sad for some reason while watching Yumir embracing Lecidna's body.
"Is that hero's mom?"
"I hope that this helped the hero to become happier."
"I'm going to make the hero happy."
To the children who took the fact that killing was a necessity for survival for granted, commemorating the dead was an awkward thing for them. However, Yu IlHan still wished for them to understand that death was a sad thing.
To them, Yumir was their everything, so they would probably understand something after seeing him send his mother away. Although it would be bad if they hesitated to fight against their enemies, they could at least escape being unaffected by the deaths of their allies.
"Everyone has worked hard. The blood you have shed have all become seeds to regain Dareu."
The elves who finally regained Dareu after a long period of time also commemorated their comrades in arms and cried. Although they could not regain the remains of Phiria, the other 3 elves could finally let her go with peace in their hearts.
"Thanks, Phiria. I will never forget you."
Meanwhile, the atmosphere was slightly different in the wolfkin's side. They, who was assured that the Moon Wolf Ericia had chosen in this war, was a great man indeed, rejoiced that they have gained a gained a grand victory in this sacred war, and also thought that their comrades that died, died glorious deaths. They could send the dead off with joy.
"After Kiroa had lost its future, what remained for us was also regress and death. However, we have met Lord Yu IlHan and finally gained a future. Look at us now! We may be fewer in number, but we have become incomparably stronger than before, and we shall become even stronger in the future!"
"Remember the ones that died in this holy war! We! Have to become stronger, enough to cover their share, or more!"
"Lord Yu IlHan!"
Everyone commemorated the dead in their own ways. Yu IlHan silently watched, until he judged that they were done with it, when he held up his hand. At the same time, all of the remains were covered in warm, orange flames.
"It's as if the flames are dancing in unison."
What all they said was true. All the flames above the corpses had Eternal flame controlling them, and was dancing in order to make them rest in peace. Yu IlHan simply smiled as he felt that he could feel its emotions. He was just happy.
However, the funeral that seemed to end like that left them a surprise gift.
Yumir, who was now appeared in a human boy's form, pulled on Yu IlHan's sleeves while speaking.
"Something's there where mom died."
"What do you mean something's th……. Hm?"
As he didn't want to touch Lecidna's remains, he should have put more thoughts into the temperature of the fire in order to incinerate everything but this…
Yu IlHan was confused and headed to where Yumir lead him to. When he got there, the place where Lecidna's remains were burning was replaced by an oval object. Yu IlHan's forehead was immediately filled with cold sweat when he saw that.
"…… I have a slight trauma with objects of such shape."
"They definitely are scales alright."
She should have collected the sturdiest of her scales and enhanced them with magic before storing them in her body in order to do this. Yu IlHan admitted with difficulty after looking at the scale capsule that was glowing red due to the fire.
Yu IlHan approached it and touched it. At that moment, one of the scales protruded upwards and stabbed at Yu IlHan's finger. Although it didn't hurt, he didn't touch it anymore since he felt like any more would cause a bigger reaction.
"There's a defense mechanism…… Mir, can you try touching it?"
Yumir put his hands on top of the scale capsule. At that moment, the scales mysteriously collapsed with a sound and showed its contents. It was set to disarm against those of the same blood.
And the contents were -
"A letter and an unknown piece of metal. And also."
The scales that were protecting the contents had merged into one giant piece of scale. When he knocked on it, it was so hard that it made Yu IlHan wonder if that really belonged to a lower existence. The magic power flowing inside was also very extraordinary and it felt as if Lecidna herself was compressed into that one giant scale.
"Looks like the letter is for me."
"Yeah, I learnt from the elves."
Yumir read the letter with glistening eyes. While reading the letter, he gave Yu IlHan the pieces of metal that was with the letter itself.
"Apparently, it's an artifact that allows you to contact the members of the Garden of Sunset."
"So she tried to drag even you to the Garden of Sunset. Sheesh, she was completely hopele…… hmmm?"
The piece of metal was definitely in the form of a transceiver. Although it was designed in a complex structure, any dragon could interpret and activate it, since they could wield mana proficiently.
The problem was not that. This transceiver generated a certain type of signal to send to the members of the Garden of Sunset residing in another world, and the second function would be activated once it received a reply - the function to create a gate that connects the two worlds.
This was an artifact that allows people to move worlds! If the Heaven's Army had such an artifact, Yu IlHan wouldn't have had to spend a thousand years in solitude! - thought Yu IlHan, when he realized that this artifact bent around the laws of the Akashic Records itself.
There's no way the Heaven's Army could acknowledge such an existence. No, perhaps, they didn't even know of it either.
"Looks like we can destroy a lot of the bases of the Garden of Sunset with this."
"Are we going to destroy them right away?"
Asked Yumir with shining eyes. Fighting numerous higher existences made him incomparably stronger than when he had first arrived in Dareu.
Although it was too bad for Lecidna, Yumir was a guy that would like it if there was a battle, whether it was the Garden of Sunset or the Destruction Demon Army. However, Yu IlHan didn't want to have any more battles for the time being, so he shook his head.
"No, I want to finish up what happened in Dareu at this point. If I asked everyone for compensation, the battle would become endless, and I also wouldn't be able to endure for so long. Let's save this for later."
Of course, if the other side picked a fight with him first, he would not let them go either. Yu IlHan put the artifact inside his inventory and had a look at the scale next.
"And so…… Mir. What should I make you with this?"
"Okay, I'll make you a locket."
Yu IlHan thought that Yumir had no affection for her, when he saw that he sent her off so easily, and from the fact that he didn't talk a lot about his mother until now, but it seemed that he was wrong. Yu IlHan gave a tight hug to Yumir who put Lecidna's letter inside his bosom, before turning around. He was planning to make a pretty locket that can remind Yumir of Lecidna. Of course, he would also make it very functional as well.
In any case, the funeral was over with this. Since they sent all that they had to send off, it was now time to go back to everyday life for the living.
"Your Majesty, will you be going right away?"
When Yu IlHan was preparing for the two fortresses to activate, Mirfa asked with a panicked voice. He could not ignore the earnest gaze that wished him to stay with them more, and replied with a bitter smile.
"I'm sorry. But I can't take you all to Earth…… I'll come back once I am in need of your power again, so please fight on until then. I'll look forward to you all becoming stronger."
"Mirfa, don't worry. I'll protect His Majesty."
Jirl replied with a confident smile to Mirfa who could not let go of her regrets. Mirey, Jirl, and Paté had all finished preparing to leave and was behind Yu IlHan.
"Jirl, you idiot. That's not what she means."
"I also want to serve you by your side……."
The feelings the elves had towards Yu IlHan were absolute. He found this very awkward, but they were all adorable as well. Yu IlHan lightly stroked Mirfa's hair and consoled her.
"I'll come around to play even if I don't need your help. Right now, coming over to this world is nothing difficult for me."
"……Yes, Your Majesty! We will wait for your return!"
Finally, Mirfa's expression regained its smile. Mirfa nodded several times with a bright red face. That was also the moment when an alarm went off in Liera's heart when she was watching.
To speak the truth, more than half of the elven females had feelings for Yu IlHan, so there was no room at all for Liera to relax! She only wanted to leave Dareu as soon as possible.
"We shall await the princess's return."
"Yes, proceed forward. I will also become stronger under master."
The leader of the wolfkin, the Moon Wolf Ericia, as well as the captain wolf Flemir also went with Yu IlHan. As a considerable number of wolves had grown to 4th class in this war, they would be able to hold out by themselves.
"So we actually won."
"There are so many of those moments that it's nothing new anymore."
"Yes, yes. I know very well."
Everyone got on the Flying fortress. Since the Guardian fortress was made for the elves and wolfkin, it would be unmanned while they were not there, and would only serve to protect the Flying fortress.
Yu IlHan immediately activated the Warp skill against the two fortresses and the members in it. As there were several members, it should take a long time usually, but with the power of Dimensional Traveler, a few minutes would be enough.
But when he was about to start the Warp skill, Na YuNa grabbed his sleeve and glistened her eyes.
"Mr. IlHan. I want to see MiRae now~."
"Oh, I'm planning to go find my father and mother first. After that is Miss MiRae. …… After that let's visit where Sir Kang HaJin and miss YuNa wants to go to." (Yu IlHan)
"F, father and motherrrr!?"
Shouted Na YuNa in shock and started combing her hair. Liera and Erta were also nervous. As it was so obvious what they were thinking, Yu IlHan gave a smack on the foreheads of each of the girls.
"It's not like all the other worlds are as messed up as Dareu is, so we're going to take it slow from here. It will take time for Earth to leap into a higher world anyway. …… And we also need some rest too."
"I said don't read my mind."
Yu IlHan seemed about to give a smack on Liera's forehead again, but suddenly changed his actions and put his hand around her waist. At that moment, Na YuNa and Erta were stunned stiff as if they were inflicted by paralysis magic.
"Then let's go rest."
Liera's replying voice became so obedient like a different person altogether. Looking at her back as she followed Yu IlHan, Na YuNa and Erta grit their teeth and their gazes met, before they extended a hand out each and did a stiff handshake.
"We simply cannot give up."
"How could we? I gave up my angelhood for this."
And the two's voice perfectly synced.
""Let us do well from now on.""
"What the hell? These women are scary……"
Only Kang HaJin, who felt the shivers from the obsession of women, shivered in fear.
Author's notesThe story of Dareu is settled for now with this!
If you've read my notes in the previous chapter, you probably saw that it was $312. However, between the time I translated that chapter and this chapter, someone just dumped me with $200. Meaning the total is now $512, which is now down to $412 with these two chapters.
Have fun reading!