Published at 21st of November 2020 09:28:12 PM
Editors: Ana_Banana, Yahiko
Now that all the Force Honors of the Trowman Rings, Gisellan, Fianne and Eizek were gathered, Beniang held a meeting .
It was mainly to introduce Frey and Eizek to one another and to address the circle’s situation .
Eizek was the one who opened his mouth first .
“I never imagined that you would find a Circle Rounder while I was away . ”
“The situation was urgent . I’m sorry if I offended you . ”
Eizek shook his head at Beniang’s words .
“It’s not that . I’m just worried about the circle’s future . ”
Eizek looked at Frey with calm eyes .
“Rounder Frey, if Master Beniang and the other two Force Honors acknowledge you, then I have nothing to say . ”
Frey did not believe that Eizek truly accepted him, but that he would simply watch the situation for the time being .
In fact, Eizek never had any intentions of opposing Beniang’s decision .
Apart from that, it would be strange if he was not wary of this strange man named Frey .
From the start, Eizek had been looking at Frey with a searching gaze .
And Frey was the same .
‘So this is Honor Eizek . ’
Frey inspected him quietly .
He then realised that the man in front of him was neither a Wizard nor a Magic Warrior .
Eizek was a Contractor .
If one was to be blunt, he was more suited for the Phisfounder Armlets than this circle .
‘Everyone said that he is unrivaled among the Trowman Rings’ executives . ”
He was the man who played the role of ace before Frey’s arrival .
Frey felt that this reputation was most likely not an exaggeration .
Then Adelia crept up to his side and poked him in the ribs .
“Hey . What the hell happened in two months that allowed you to become the Rounder?”
Before Frey could even respond, Gisellan spoke up with a stiff face .
“Adelia, be more polite to the Circle Rounder . ”
“…it’s driving me insane . He became successful in a flash . ”
Adelia grumbled .
But her reaction was understandable .
A cute(?) student who used to address her politely had suddenly become her superior .
For Adelia, who had been agonizing over a way to trick Frey into becoming her disciple, this was really too shocking .
Gisellan’s eyes became filled with anger when he saw her grumbling .
Then Adelia sighed and pouted .
“Alright, alright . Rounder Frey . Do I need to address him like that?”
“Use honorifics . ”
“…am I doing it right now?”
Frey found her reaction to be quite amusing .
This was because Adelia, who could even address the 3rd Magic Tower’s Master as ‘old man’, behaved like a mouse before a cat in front of Gisellan .
Adelia sighed again at the unfairness before changing her way of thinking .
‘…wait a second . Doesn’t this mean he’s not a student anymore?” (TL: oooh I like where her mind went)
While Adelia seemed to be staring at Frey with a different look in her eyes, Eizek began to speak .
“Master Beniang, if it’s okay with you, I’d like to give my mission report before learning about the circle’s situation . ”
“Thank you . ”
Eizek nodded before continuing .
“As you know, my mission was to find any traces left behind by the Successor of the Magic Warrior King . And I found a clue near the Great Reynols Forest, the territory of the Elves . I immediately gave chase…and I made contact with him . ”
“, are you serious?”
Those words make Gisellan and everyone else’s eyes widen .
The Successor of Magic Warrior King Kasajin!
His whereabouts were something that was of great interest to the Circle .
Many had been able to find traces of his movements, and there were even a few circles who had successfully made contact with him .
Nevertheless, he had yet to join a circle and was still acting alone .
Eizek knew why .
Even though he had not been careless, he’d still managed to receive considerable injuries .
“He’s not the kind of person you can talk to . ”
Eizek took off his coat and revealed a horrible wound .
“, are you okay?”
His chest was sunken as though he had been crushed by something heavy .
The severe bruising and red, swollen veins caused even the former mercenary, Gisellan, to frown .
That was because it was much worse than it appeared . Several of his ribs must be broken, but it seemed that Eizek had done some preliminary treatment .
Eizek put on back his clothes before continuing .
“I’m fine now . I was near death for four days, but it was luck that saved my life…just as it is said within the Circle, he has an unpredictable personality . He said that he had no intention of talking to anyone unless he acknowledged them . ”
This caused the expressions of those who knew of Eizek’s prowess to stiffen .
If it had been any other circle executive who had been sent to complete the task, they would have already become a corpse .
“He already knows about the Demigods . However, he didn’t seem interested in the subjugation of the Demigods or the Circle . He said that seeing the end of the martial arts path is his top priority . ”
Even though he knew about the Demigods, he refused to cooperate .
Frey frowned at that .
He didn’t like the idea that such a person was using the title ‘Successor of the Martial Warrior King’ .
However, his personal opinion aside, it was very clear from Eizek’s wounds that he was proficient in the Warrior King’s Fist . (TL: translation it is)
‘Now that I think about it, Kasajin wasn’t that interested in the Demigods at first either . ’
When he had first created his group, it was Kasajin who had been the hardest to persuade .
But when he joined their side, he was more determined than anyone else .
Frey felt like he needed to meet with this Successor of the Magic Warrior King .
No, he didn’t think .
He had to meet him .
‘He doesn’t need to be on the same level as Kasajin . If we could get the help of a First Class Magic Warrior proficient in the Warrior King’s Fist…’
They would be a great help when he tried to defeat Demigods in the future after reaching 9 stars .
“Is he staying in the Great Reynols Forest?”
“I don’t think so…it doesn’t seem like he stays in the same location for more than a month . ”
One month .
He didn’t know how long he had been staying in the Great Reynols Forest, but he figured that there was not much time left .
After pondering for a while, Frey opened his mouth .
“How far is the Great Reynols Forest from here?”
“Do you intend to meet him?”
“That’s right . It would be very good if we could get him to join our circle . ”
Eizek fell silent .
It wasn’t wrong .
Well, the words weren’t wrong .
In fact, there was nothing that Eizek could say about it because he had also been confident that he would be able to persuade that man .
But when he met him in person, it was more like meeting a wild beast instead of another human being .
And that was when he realised why the man was more comfortable being alone instead of in a circle .
From the Circle’s perspective, it did not look good when the Successor of the Magic Warrior King ran around doing whatever he wanted .
There were many extremists who thought of capturing him and then getting rid of him after they pried the secrets of the Warrior King’s Fist from him .
Nevertheless, this man was still able to frolic all across the continent .
This was because both their main plans and their contingencies failed .
It wasn’t just the Three Great Circles .
Many small and medium sized circles, some of whom were even stronger than the Trowman Rings, also sent many scouts .
And all of them failed .
Not a single one of them had been successful .
Although he had these thoughts, Eizek still took out a map from his bag .
The Circle Rounder’s question could not be ignored .
Eizek pointed to the map while speaking .
“I’ll show you the shortest route . This is the location of our circle . First, follow this road south to ‘Grode’ . It’s a bit closer to us than Uthiano, and it has a Warp Stone . Then, using the Warp Stone there, head to ‘Pillat’ . Pillat is one of the closest cities to the Great Reynols Forest . From here to there, it takes about three days . ”
The moment he heard that, Frey’s expression slightly changed .
This city, on the eastern end of the empire, was none other than the home of the Blake Family .
“From there, you can only go by foot . Of course, the mountain path leading to the forest is quite long and rough…if you use a carriage, you’d be able to save time and energy . ”
“I can hire a carriage?”
Eizek nodded .
“There is a caravan of peddlers who trade with the elves . It seems like there are transactions every month . Of course, we can’t use them to enter the forest . ”
“So the fastest way would be to join their group . ”
“That’s right . The peddlers are always looking for mercenaries to accompany them . Someone with Rounder Frey’s skills would be very welcomed . ”
Eizek did not know exactly how strong Frey was, but he did know that in order for him to become the Rounder, he had to be at least 6 stars .
There was no reason for Frey to not join the caravan since the mercenary world treated anyone who had reached 5 stars like nobility .
Frey pondered for a moment before turning to Beniang .
“Master Beniang, I think I will go meet the Successor of the Magic Warrior King . ”
“Yes . I thought you would . ”
Beniang nodded as she agreed .
“For now, the circle is fine . The foundation has been solidified, and even those who were wandering have found a path to follow . And Honor Eizek should be healed in time for the friendly competition in a month . ”
Fianne was the one who responded to the confused Eizek .
“I will tell you later . Anyway, Rounder Frey, you don’t have to worry . ”
Frey looked at their faces before nodding .
“Alright . Honor Gisellan, when is the Circle’s next biennial meeting?”
“In one year and six months . ”
One year and six months .
It was enough time .
The Trowman Rings were still not ready for such a meeting .
Of course, it might not be enough time for him to achieve his goal .
‘9 stars . ’
Frey was thinking about reaching 9 stars before the next meeting .
Or at least have enough power to unite the scattered circles .
Of course, that alone wasn’t enough .
Frey recalled the Golem core he had retrieved from Schweiser’s dungeon .
‘The faster I create Anastasia, the better . ’
To reach 9 stars and to create Anastasia .
Neither one was easy .
If he stayed in the circle, then it would be quite difficult, but if he moved around on his own, it might be a different story .
Frey looked at Beniang and said .
“I will return before the meeting . ”
“…are you saying that the Circle Rounder will be away for that long?”
Eizek was the one who spoke up with a stiff expression .
His reaction was natural .
The Circle Rounder was very different from the Force Honor .
Except for special cases, they rarely left their posts for such a long time .
It was Gisellan, not Frey, who answered him .
“He told us that it might happen from the beginning . ”
“I don’t understand . I know that the Trowman Rings situation is dire . And that Rounder Frey’s abilities are excellent . But…”
“I know what you want to say . You’re worried that Rounder Frey might have requested a lot from us on the condition that he joined our circle . However, I can swear on my name that something like that never happened . In fact, we owe him a debt that we could never pay back . ”
“You will understand soon enough . For now, trust me and let it go . ”
Eizek sighed .
Since it was Gisellan who was talking, he was forced to believe him .
He was not as gullible as Beniang or Fianne .
He was a thick-skinned old man who had spent more than a decade in the ruthless mercenary world .
Gisellan’s presence was the only reason he could take long term missions without worry .
“Alright . Rounder Frey, please forgive my rudeness . ”
Frey, who was looking at the map, simply nodded .
“It’s fine . Rather than that, would it be possible for me to take this map with me?”
“Sure . It’s not that expensive . ”
“Thank you . ”
Frey put the map away as he said this .
“Master Beniang, I’ll take my leave now . ”
“Huh?! , already?”
“I think I need to leave as quickly as possible . I think it would be better than missing him by a small margin . ”
“I, I see . ”
Frey observed Beniang for a moment before saying .
“Please take good care of the circle, Master Beniang . I’m sorry that I won’t get to see the results of the friendly . Ah . But I don’t think I need to worry…”
When Frey’s eyes fell on them, Beniang, Gisellan and Fianne all flinched .
“…it shouldn’t be a problem, but if you don’t win by a landslide or at least by a large margin…”
“That won’t happen!”
“O-, of course! Isn’t that right, Honor Gisellan?!”
“I’ll take your word for it . ”
Frey smiled .
“Then I look forward to when we meet again . ”
* * *
[I look forward to when we meet again . ]
She blinked .
It felt like she was in a dream for a long time .
She slowly woke up .
It was the middle of the night . The pale moon was high in the sky .
She felt like something was missing .
Looking down at her body, she immediately realised what it was .
No feathers .
She couldn’t understand .
Why the hell did she have skin without feathers?
The shape of her body had also changed drastically .
She had no beak, no wings .
Did that matter?
It wasn’t like her power had weakened .
She could still spew out the flames that she was so proud of .
No, it felt like she had gotten even stronger than before .
She got up from her seat .
Flame-like hair cascaded like a wave down her back .
[Follow the footsteps of Torkunta and become the ruler of these mountains . Protect my friend’s dungeon . ]
A warm voice filled her head .
It was that person’s voice .
She immediately understood that she should listen to what it said .
First of all .
To become the ruler of the mountains, she just had to put this area under her control .
She was reluctant to follow the footsteps of that unlucky Drake King, but there was no helping it .
And it wouldn’t be difficult . The strength she had now was more than enough .
Protect that person’s friend’s dungeon .
He was probably talking about that space inside the mountain .
That was easy too .
Naturally, as long as the area was under her control, it would ensure the safety of that space .
So, when she had achieved both of those things…could she go find that person?
[You will reign . ]
She closed her eyes as she quietly remembered those words .
(TL: mind…blown…this last part gave me shivers)