"Everyone stop what you're doing and gather up."
Yu IlHan shouted.
When his voice that carried with it an air of assertiveness filled the barrier, yet in a fashion that was hardly domineering, the ones that were struggling inside the Cradle of Miracles, the Dragon's Army that were having a large scale fight, Yumir who was practicing his skills, Takagaki Asuha who just killed a demon, as well as Liera and Helièna who looked like they had a fight to the death, but were actually sparring, all stopped what they were doing. Yu IlHan explained to them.
"The barrier will disperse shortly. The moment it breaks; the effects of the slowing magic will increase greatly so we need to be prepared for that."
[I wanted to adapt to my body better…….]
[That sounds very unsettling since it's you who's saying it.]
"What was that?"
Yu IlHan cleaned up the various equipment within the barrier and collected the Cradle of Miracles. Although he couldn't reach the realm of higher existences during this time, he had an enormous harvest, so he decided to leave it at that.
Even excluding him and Yumir, a few people, including Liera and Helièna succeeded in resonating with the power of dragons, and the outlook for the rest of them was anything but bleak.
"Ah, the barrier."
The moment Erta, who was sensitive to mana, said that, the barrier of time that looked like it would last an eternity shattered in vain. The majority of the people who spent a year and a half within the barrier, felt dizzy after feeling the flow of time that started again.
"My god, it really was less than an instant."
"Uuugh, I feel extremely heavy now."
Although Yu IlHan did warn them beforehand, the slowing magic cast over Earth wasn't something that could be avoided just by being aware of its existence.
The three clan masters could now move normally under the effects of the magic, thanks to their training in the past year and a half but they had to clench their teeth due to the overwhelming pressure. They even had the urge to just let go of everything and go with the flow of magic!
"Our clan will be confused if they see us."
"This is hellish……."
However, they knew that this was what was best for Earth, they could not complain anymore. Yu IlHan handed the three a 'few' weapons and other equipment that he had made in his spare time in the barrier.
"Arm your clan members with these. They're legend-ranked for the most part, but well, they should suffice."
"Thank you, Lord Susa, I mean, Yu IlHan! I shall loyally serve you in the future as well!"
"Well no, I don't need another loyal servant."
Since he had already told them the code of action, there was no need to hesitate. The clan masters all quickly went to their places.
They had a lot of talent in the very beginning, so they should be able to endure in this insane Earth and in the future as well. That went especially for Carina Malatesta and Michael Smithson who had to protect each other. As for Takagaki Asuha…… Yu IlHan didn't want to think about her for the time being.
"Well, then. Should we keep doing what we were doing before?"
[Master, do I really go around like this?]
The one that called out to him was of course, Orochi. Orochi, having been enchanted to the body that was 'slightly' modified from Echjar's remains, could proficiently control the body now, but it seemed like he had become embarrassed after exiting the barrier.
[To think that I have to walk around in this embarrassing form…]
[Embarrassing form?! It transcendentally surpasses your original body of a lower existence!]
Echjar, enchanted in the Body of the Human Dragon, shouted as if to curse Orochi, but Yu IlHan ignored that. Echjar did not know what Orochi meant. What Orochi meant by 'embarrassing' was not referring to the physical body.
"You're embarrassed since you can't control the body properly yet, aren't you?"
[Fu, at least you know your own place.]
"Shut up, Echjar."
If Yu IlHan could freely use creation and subordinate every single one of them, he wouldn't have fought with Echjar for over a year. Even Orochi, who had hung out with him for years and eaten many, many thought-souls had difficulty controlling that body. How better would any others do?
"Do your best. I believe in you."
[Master is horrible! You're horrible!]
He checked the state of his companions, and then the state of Earth. Of course, not that anything much would have changed since not even an instant had passed.
In fact, as the three clan masters killed the demons that spawned on Earth for quite a while, the density of high-level monsters had decreased as well. Of course, they'll keep appearing in the future, but now that there was a system that sucked the mana out of Earth and sent it to Dareu, there would hopefully be no more cases of a massive monster outbreak.
"Well, then. Let's get to work."
"You damn workaholic~!"
Before the barrier broke, Yu IlHan gave them an occasional break. Thanks to that, everyone was in their normal conditions, so there would be no drawbacks in acting now. Kang MiRae's expression darkened after Yu IlHan declared the resumption of work.
"Then do we need to be apart again?"
"No, it's fine."
Kang MiRae swiftly rejected Yu IlHan's proposal. Since the two had to stay as leaders of the two teams, and therefore, she could not go with him, she would take the opportunity away for others as well! Na YuNa clung to her with narrowed eyes, but her expression was very firm.
"The Flying fortress was enhanced as well, so you also need to train to get adapted to the holy region too, YuNa."
"His Majesty… I cannot protect His Majesty by his side……."
[Fuu, it's the same teams again……? If it's masters wish, I shall follow. Fuu…….]
The reactions from his subordinates weren't that good either. So many people didn't want to be apart from him! Well, it was an emotional thing, but Yu IlHan felt like he was losing his sense of identity and felt awkward. If he called himself a loner now, then he'll get beaten up, probably.
"Dammit, we all became stronger, so can I at least go to IlHan's side?"
"What do you mean by 'what will happen'? There are only trash!"
Liera also grumbled. No matter how long she was with him, a lover's heart made her wanted to be by his side at all times.
"Will it really be two months until we meet again? This is not some fairy tale."
"Gaaawd, did I quit being an angel to do this?"
"Then okay…….. Kiss me here. Quick."
Liera only got off Yu IlHan after getting his confirmation and a kiss. Then she got on the Flying fortress along with the others that all glared at her.
When Mystic left for another world without being able to acquire a body until the end, there were four people on the Guardian fortress - Yu IlHan, Kim YeSeul, Helièna and finally Orochi with Echjar's body. It was a strange composition of members.
"My son's popular alright."
"Mom's new dream is to make a baseball league with my grandchildren!"
[Fufu, if you leave it to me, I can do my best.]
Welp, this was bad. He put her mother in his team to restrain Helièna, but somehow, the two were getting along better as time went! Yu IlHan looked at his next hope that was Orochi. Orochi avoided his gaze.
[My new body sure doesn't listen properly to me.]
Perhaps he had to call Liera back right now? Yu IlHan seriously pondered, but he still drove the Guardian fortress anyway. His destinations were the other worlds where survivors of the Front Line Alliance may live. Once he gathered them all, it would be the turn for other big clans.
"How many more people would come with us……?"
"Hey, watch your words."
'Thanks to you, I could finally meet the one I love.'
Yu IlHan remembered Carina Malatesta's words. He wanted to believe that there were more that thought like her, and had the same intentions and will as her.
There were those that wanted to return, and those that wanted to protect them. If that was the case, shouldn't he at least give them the opportunity? He couldn't let himself play on the palms of others for so long.
"We still have a lot of places to go to, so let us hurry."
"……Yes, we should."
Yu IlHan looked down at the slowly flowing Earth as well as the ones that were moving on top of it, before activating his Warp skill.
At that moment, a new thought twitched in his mind, but he quickly buried it deep inside his head since it was too embarrassing. Only Helièna had sensed a change in his expression and let out an adorable smile.
After that, the group travelled to many other worlds. Worlds where everyone lived peacefully, worlds where everyone fought desperately in their own ways, worlds where the fighting had ended, worlds where they found a way to communicate with the monsters, apocalyptic worlds, dying worlds, dead worlds.
Yu IlHan's Record skill greedily found and sucked new records, and numerous people were saved by Yu IlHan as well. More 'moths' that wished to protect Earth joined, but the ones he encountered the most weren't them.
"Please take us in!"
"We plead you!"
"Oh, Lord God, please be with us!"
They were the ones that were struggling to survive in a world where mankind had lost hope. The moment they found a new hope known as Yu IlHan, they tried not to let him go.
"Ooooooh, Supreme being! We shall follow you!"
"You damned SIMPLETONSSSSSSSSSSSS!"
If it was once or twice, he could cope with it, but when the same thing happened for the seventh time, he ended up exploding.
"How many times do I have to tell you that Earth has it WORSE! Huh? Even if you come to Earth like that, you'll die with the slightest tickle!"
"Don't bullshit me. A false hope is much more cruel than despair!"
Even when Yu IlHan over-exaggerated the situation on Earth, the ones that lost their worlds did not back down, and Yu IlHan had no choice but to take them back to Earth.
"God dammit. Why are there so many doomed worlds!"
"I feel like I'm collecting dragon balls…… ugh."
Amongst the doomed worlds, there were surprisingly worlds where elves took the role of mankind. Majority of elves died to the monsters that became stronger after several Great Cataclysms, and only the extreme minority survived. And somehow - they might have realized that Yu IlHan had the status of an emperor in Dareu - stuck to him and did not get off.
"You will lead us well if it's you that receives the love of countless elves!"
"Why the hell am I your 'Your Majesty'!"
Like that, Earth was prospering, in a way that Yu IlHan didn't intend for it to. Yu IlHan's sighs increased as the days went by as well.
"How many days was it again until I can use the barrier?"
"I think there will be at least two more doomed worlds……."
Yu IlHan creased his expression and activated his Warp skill. But when he arrived at the destination, he tilted his head.
"There are no angels in this world either."
"Yeah, but the one before didn't have any angels in it, right?"
[There was none before that one either. Of course, it was a world that prospered without master needing to do anything, though.]
Yu IlHan absent mindedly thought that some internal conflict was happening within the Heaven's Army.
The War of the Wall of Chaos was not too long ago, but it looked like these higher existences were up to something again. How the hell did they manage to endure until now with the pace at an incident erupts? A curious thing…….
"Well, I won't care about it."
"Well then. Let us look for people to take back."
Time passed. Yu IlHan and his companions had another ten or so training sessions within the barrier of the Hourglass of Eternity. Despite that, Yu IlHan could not reach the realm of higher existences. He still lacked the decisive element.
Yu IlHan finally reached the conclusion that he had to gather records of more higher existences.
Author's notesMake him a higher existence already! - I know that many people wish for this, but the results would be more valuable the more painful and truthful the process is! There's still a sliiight more left, so please watch as IlHan gathers things, and thinks about things!