Published at 21st of November 2020 09:28:22 PM
Beniang waited anxiously in front of the tower for Frey .
‘Should I have followed them?’
It didn’t seem like it would just be a simple conversation .
Beniang, thought of Dugenjar .
Among the executives of the Phisfounder Armlets, that man was the one who could be said to have the most hostility towards the Traumen Rings .
Before, when the Traumen Rings was one of the four largest circles, Dugenjar would stare at them with a fierce gaze at every meeting .
It was the same even when the previous master Osel Argento, was alive .
Whenever Osel looked at him with a soft smile, Dugenjar would turn his head away with killing intent in his eyes .
However, after Osel died and the circle began to deteriorate, the situation changed .
Beniang had difficulty speaking after seeing his gaze . No, it wasn’t just Dugenjar .
None of the people there were friendly to a fallen circle .
From the distance, she saw Frey approaching .
Beniang ran up to him .
“Is, is everything okay?”
“Yes . ”
When Frey simply nodded with a calm expression, Beniang felt a bit confused .
Did nothing really happen?
From what she could see, there didn’t seem to be anything abnormal .
“And Honor Dugenjar…?”
“He went back . ”
“Honor Dugenjar…just went back?”
“I explained the situation and he believed me . ”
It didn’t make sense .
Beniang found it impossible to believe Frey’s words, but she had a feeling that she would not get an answer even if she continued to ask .
She could only put on a confused expression .
“…so are you done with your business?”
“Yeah . I think we can leave right away . Where is the headquarters of the Traumen Rings?”
“In the Peinsisko Forest . About three days away from Uthiano by foot . ”
“I’m sorry, but the road isn’t developed enough for a wagon to drive on and there are no Warp Stones . ”
Beniang smiled awkwardly and Frey nodded .
They bought food, drinking water and camping equipment from a nearby general store and immediately left Uthiano .
And so their short journey began .
As Beniang had said, the road was not very developed .
Even though it was a short walk, because it was on a rough mountain road, it was rather tiring .
It might have been difficult for him before he had trained in the tower, but now it was quite relaxing .
Beniang also didn’t seem to be lagging behind either .
No, instead she was even more relaxed than Frey .
Just before they crossed a small mountain, Frey stopped walking and looked back .
With the reddish sunset in the background, Uthiano looked small in the distance .
The beautiful sight warmed his heart .
‘Come to think of it, this is the first time I’m traveling by foot since my return . ’
To get to Kausymphony, he took a ship and then to get to every other destination, he used Warp Stones .
They were comfortable and efficient trips .
No, it was more like ‘moving’ than actually travelling .
This wasn’t to say that the current journey was bothersome and difficult . Instead, it had a certain beauty to it .
Frey prefered to have leisure trips and he especially liked taking a slow look at the surrounding scenery .
Beniang didn’t rush him and instead matched Frey’s relaxed pace .
The first day .
When the sun finally set completely, Frey and Beniang set up a campsite .
Surprisingly, it seemed that Beniang was familiar with camping .
Even on the mountain road, she managed to find suitably level ground for camping, made a campfire and skillfully laid their sleeping bags .
She even offered to make dinner herself .
She also had a Subspace Bag .
From it, she removed utensils and ingredients and began to make soup on the spot .
It was better than he expected, so Frey was surprised .
Beniang smiled as she handed a bowl of soup to Frey .
“I hope it suits your tastes . ”
He took a sip and found that it was very delicious .
When Frey praised the great flavor, Beniang smiled so brightly it seemed like she would fly away .
“Would you like another bowl?”
“Please . ”
Looking at her act like this, one would never believe that she was a Circle Master or a Half-Dragon .
She felt more like an innocent country girl .
After the meal, Frey spoke .
“The man who was the previous Circle Master . Did you say his name was Osel Argento?”
“That’s right . ”
“Which Demigod killed him?”
Beniang froze at that .
Then she smiled bitterly and turned to Frey .
“…you asked a very sensitive question . ”
‘Ah . ’
He inwardly thought that his question might have been too much .
It occurred to him that he might have to reflect on his straightforward way of talking . Since his return, his computational mindset which focused on efficiency had become more pronounced .
He didn’t have a very friendly personality 4,000 years ago, but it wasn’t this bad .
“I’m sorry . ”
Frey bowed his head and reflected .
Embarrassed, Beniang shook her hand at him .
“N-, no . I’ve already learned to accept my father’s death . If I had allowed myself to wallow in it then the Traumen Rings would’ve been destroyed . ”
“How much do you know about Demigods?”
“I know that they are transcendent beings that surpass human understanding . ”
Since Frey wanted to hear about the Demigods from a Circle Master’s perspective, he acted like he didn’t know much .
Beniang nodded without having any strange thoughts about his response .
“I can’t tell you everything . Since you’re still an outsider . ”
“Would I be able to learn it if I entered the Traumen Rings?”
Beniang gave a bright smile .
“Of course . With your skill, you would be able to become an executive immediately . But for now, I’ll only tell you what I can . ”
“Thank you for that . ”
Beniang looked into the campfire for a moment before speaking .
“The Demigods also have a superior . An entity that was able to command all Demigods . We call him Lord . ”
Frey’s eyes shook .
How could he forget?
He couldn’t help but think about what had happened at that time .
It was a being that he had encountered after he reached 9 stars . The being who had utilised its incredible power to seal him in the Abyss .
Frey had been avoiding thinking about it as much as possible .
This was because he still had not figured out a way to defeat this all powerful being who had crushed him even when he was a 9 star Great Mage .
At that moment Frey realised that this information had been hidden from him deliberately .
‘The Circle knew about Lord . ’
In the past, Shepard had told him that they didn’t have much knowledge about Demigods .
Frey now realised that that was a lie .
Of course, he didn’t feel betrayed or disappointed in Shepard .
He didn’t fully trust Frey at that time, and wouldn’t tell him the truth .
In fact, it was rather strange that Beniang was even telling him this secret .
“And even among the Demigods, there are individuals with tremendous power . We call them [Apocalypses] for easy classification…”
“While they are not as strong as Lord, they are still strong enough to have a certain influence among the Demigods . ”
Beniang stretched out three fingers .
“We’ve figured out the power of three of the Apocalypses . Sword, Poison and Death . ”
At first, it would seem like these words have no connection, but Frey knew the identity of one of them .
The Demigod who controlled poison .
An ugly old man with many age spots .
‘That old man is definitely strong among the Demigods . ’
It seemed that as the years passed, Demigods like that old man, who had more power than the others, were classified separately from the rest .
“My father was killed by a Demigod who has the power of Death . It was not that long ago . Only two years . ”
“Was that when the Traumen Rings suffered a devastating blow?”
“Yes . ”
Beniang spoke bitterly .
“Our circle utilised our full strength for the battle . As a result, we suffered heavy damages . ”
“And what about the Demigod?”
She smiled bitterly and stayed silent . That was the answer .
If they had succeeded in their subjugation then she wouldn’t have stayed silent .
Frey wanted to learn more about the Demigods but, remembering his previous mistake, he couldn’t open his mouth easily .
‘I’ll stay content with this much information for now . ’
Afterwards, they had a few small conversations in which Frey deliberately avoided talking about the circle .
She wasn’t very outspoken .
She even showed him her earrings which she usually kept hidden .
“These are Typhoon earrings . It’s one of the few magic tools created by the Great Mage Lucas Traumen . By simply injecting mana into it, you can create a magic barrier . The strength of the barrier was also directly related to the strength of the user . ”
“Wow! I saw them in a book before . They’re so beautiful . ”
Frey realised that, for the first time since his return, he was actually leading a conversation .
The reason wasn’t hard for him to guess . It was because he felt sympathy for Beniang .
She was currently the head of an organization that was slowly being destroyed . This was a burden that many would not be able to understand .
Frey couldn’t help but feel sorry for her when she had to carry such a burden on her little shoulders .
In addition, Beniang had the blood of a Green Dragon like his teacher .
In the past, Frey had always wanted to repay his teacher’s kindness but the situation was unfavourable and he had been unable to do so .
Frey felt that if he helped Beniang now, it would also give him a bit of self comfort .
So he was also being selfish .
‘This child would have been happier if she’d grown up normally . ’
Frey continued the journey while trying to take care of Beniang as much as possible .
Thanks to this, by the time they arrived at the Traumen Rings’ headquarters, she was quite close to Frey .
“This Peinsisko Forest . ”
Frey looked at the forest in front of him .
It was a normal forest without any special features .
But when he realised that it was in fact a natural barrier spell, Frey was impressed .
‘This took a great amount of skill . ’
He didn’t think that he would be able to destroy it at his current level
“Did you set up this barrier yourself?”
“No . If it is damaged then I can repair it, but it was created by my father . ”
It was clear that the man called Osel Argento was at least an 8 star Archmage .
Beniang on the other hand should be around 6 stars .
Considering the Dragons’ talent, this was a very disappointing figure .
‘She shouldn’t learn the human way, because she is Half-Dragon . ’
It was probably Osel Argento who taught her .
But Frey had no intentions of finding fault with him . Perhaps in the current world, there was no one who could properly teach Beniang .
‘If I teach her…’
Dragons had a ridiculous sensitivity to mana, the presence of their Dragon heart and their talent .
If she made use of these things, she would naturally flourish . If he taught her well, she’d be able to grow incredibly strong in a short time .
Just as Frey was delving deeper into his thoughts about Beniang .
He felt someone approaching them at a fast pace from the forest .
Just as Frey began to summon his mana since he did not know who it was, Beniang shook her head .
“It will be someone from our circle . ”
Before long, a middle aged man appeared from the forest .
He seemed to be in his 40s .
He was wearing a brown open collared robe and had a large build . He looked more like a mercenary who had been through many hardships, pretending to be a wizard .
The man seemed to be in a hurry .
He ran up to Beniang and spoke with a sorrowful tone .
“M, Master Beniang!”
“Honor Gisellan, what’s going on?”
The man, Gisellan, hurriedly bowed his head .
“Please forgive my rudeness! The problem is…”
“It’s fine . Just tell me the situation . ”
Beniang spoke in a calm tone . Frey turned to look at her .
It seemed that she performed her role as Circle Master much better than Frey thought .
But at Gisellan’s words, her demeanor cracked .
“I’m sorry! We…we lost in the relic battle again!”
His words caused Beniang to take a deep breath .
After biting her lip for a moment, she finally responded .
“…who was your opponent?”
“The Basilisk Tails…! Those jackals have come to our circle again!”