~ Chapter 43: Rumors in the wind (Part 2) ~

We continued our tour of the city, visiting as many other stores as we could without going too quickly through them. We wanted to enjoy our little tour. At the same time, I was keeping my eyes open for any suitable locations that could be used for a future date with Seryanna. Unfortunately, this city wasn't too good when it came to romantic dates. There was also something else I noticed around here...

“Is it just me or do the dragons here act a little different towards each other?” I asked.

“What do you mean?” Kataryna asked.

“Those two over there... Why is the fat guy acting like that?” I asked as I pointed at a fat dragon with little green wings on his back scolding a younger looking dragon with big blue wings.

“Ah, those two...” Kataryna let out a sigh when she saw them.

“Huh?” I was a bit confused.

“The fat guy is a noble and the other is a commoner.” she explained.

“But why is he looking down on him like that.” I asked.

“Haven't you noticed it in the previous cities?” she asked.

“Huh? Not really...” I shook my head.

“Well, we were together with sister, a knight who doesn't judge others based on class.” Kleo pointed out.

“True...” Kataryna scratched the back of her head. “Now that I think about it, your chances of interacting with nobles from a commoner's point of view were... almost non-existent.” she shrugged.

“With a Breakthrough Awakened and two noble women traveling with him, who would?” Kleo raised an eyebrow.

“That could be a reason.” she nodded.

“I don't get...” I repeated myself.

“Well, you see. In this society it's normal for nobles to act like that. Honestly, from a moral point of view, the fat guy might be in the wrong, but legally, he has every right to look down on the commoner who is supposed to always bow down to the nobles. Even if you are really talented in a profession, unless you reach Legendary rank or become a Breakthrough Awakened, chances are you will be treated like dirt by the majority of nobles. More so if they find out you aren't just some unawakened dragon but an actual human. There might be some who would even go so far as try to kill you.” she explained.

“Ouch... I would rather avoid that.” I nodded.

“That's why I believe that the moment other nobles find out that Seryanna fancies you, they will try to remove you. Killing a human is by no means a crime in Albeyater or any other Dragon Kingdom.” pointed out Kataryna.

“Great...” I sighed.

“Well, you do have one good point. The fact that you treated Brekkar and even gained his approval is enough to keep you alive at least, but in the end... it all depends on the King if it's off with your head or not.” Kleo let out a sigh as well.

“That's why I hate politics, and my advise is to never get yourself involve in them. Those idiots who flaunt their noble status can't even see the end of their tails let alone judge someone by their true worth.” Kataryna growled, showing her disgust towards such individuals.

Now that I thought about it, her own experience with politics wasn't a very good one. She lost a good friend to the schemes of politicians who didn't wish for the Breakthrough Awakening of a Superior Draconian of a High Element, basically someone like Seryanna.

Gulping, I made a wish in my heart just in case... Whatever happens, I wish that I will be able to save Seryanna if she will ever end up in danger because she is a Superior Draconian of High Flame.

With that being said, we continued our exploration of the city, but as we went on, we began to hear more and more rumors about this new general.

Apparently, he was stationing the Brekkar Army outside of the city's walls in wait for the tournament he was organizing. There were many who claimed he was a new genius just like Brekkar once was, while others claimed that he was only a cheat and shrewd individual. The latter blamed him for the fact that many soldiers were threatened to be fired, while others were promised to be risen in rank if they did well in the tournament. Brekkar apparently valued command, leadership, and the tactics employed by each squad more than the individual power of each soldier. As such, weak commanders with good leadership skills would often have strong soldiers under them. The way Draejan wanted to do things would mean the opposite.

We also heard more than once that the party of the Third Princess was weakening with each passing day. Right now, it was rumored that she only had one knight left, which was Seryanna. If nothing changed in the next years, she would lose all favor and may end up married off to a ducal family or someone from the foreign royalty, like a prince of Embryger Empire.

If rumors reached even the common folk around us, then it was clear that she wasn't doing too well, and this in itself was causing me to worry about her. I was beginning to feel more and more like I made a terrible mistake back there in Toros, that I should have just accepted Seryanna as she was or at the very least show a reaction. Well, it couldn't be help that my flag wasn't raised, but I could have just stopped her from leaving the following day... Wait, no, doing it in that merchant's house would have been very rude, but... at least I could have told her that I didn't mind what I saw and even if I failed once, I wanted to try again and again until the flag was risen up high.

Instead of reassuring her that I wouldn't give up on her... I acted like a fool. I said nothing. I mentioned nothing. I didn't even try to go for a grope when we were in the tent alone!

There's something wrong with me... I shook my head.

Unfortunately, I had no idea what, and as we were returning to the inn, I couldn't help notice something else... No matter where I looked, the Unawakened dragons were looked down upon by all the Awakened ones. It didn't matter if they were nobles or not, the gazes were the same... In their eyes, not having Awakened as a Dragon was the same as still being a child no matter your physical or mental age.

“Not being Awakened is a big deal for dragons, isn't it?” I said in a low tone of voice.

“Yes...” Kataryna nodded.

I let out a sigh and tried to look away. Today I learned many things, but most of all, I was once again confronted with the truth that said this world was very different from the one I came from. Most importantly, I once again came to realize that dragons were a completely different species from humans. They chose their life partners based on the elements they possessed and were considered adults not when they reached a certain age but when they Awakened as Dragons. I also learned that people never took the Unawakened ones seriously, unless they held a high position in their society, like Seryanna held the status of a Royal Knight.

At the same time, I learned that although Earth was different from this world in many aspects... in the end, they were both ruled by the cumbersome laws of politics. The games of the cunning ones within the state could shift the balance of power or even mean the difference between the life and death of certain groups or individuals.

I was unaware or maybe I just ignored it because I was afraid of it, but the truth was that I was a Human in a Dragon Kingdom when both species were at war with each other. More so, I was in love with a dragoness who served as a Royal Knight for a Princess whose power was declining... One wrong move, and it was off with my head. Worse even, it could be off with Seryanna's head as well...

I shivered in fear at the very thought of it, and my heart tightened from these conflicting thoughts. I had no power... no say in this country's course of action. I could do nothing to stop or save Seryanna from ending up accused as a traitor or even sentenced to death.

As we stepped inside Brekkar's Inn, we were greeted by two soldiers wearing typical chainmail armor and carrying a sheathed short sword at their waist.

“Are you the one who goes by the name of Alkelios?” one of them asked.

“Erm... Maybe?” I replied.

“Answer with yes or no.” he glared at me.

“What's this about?” Kataryna asked calmly.

“We have receive orders to bring a message to the one named Alkelios.” declared the other soldier.

“Alright, yes, I'm Alkelios... What's the message?” I asked letting out a sigh.

“You are summoned at the Palace together with Kataryna Greorg and Thrarher... Tahar... The young lady of the Draketerus family. You are to present yourself at the gates tomorrow as soon as the Sun has risen. That is all.” he said, butchering Kleo's name.

“It's Thraherkleyoseya, you dolts.” the girl glared at them.

“My apologies.” he said, but didn't seem to take it as an offense.

“Who summoned us exactly?” I asked since according to those the details, the person in question could have even been the Palace toilet scrubber.

“You are being summoned by Milord Draejan Andrakaryus Doesya!” he declared proudly.

Ah, not the toilet scrubber, but close enough... great. I thought.

So far, my impression of this dragon wasn't a very positive one. From what I heard, he was making a total mess of Brekkar's Army and even organized a tournament which role was to further make a mess out of it.

I let out a sigh and then nodded.

“I think I will decline.” I said with smile.

“What? How can you decline Milord's summon? Are you mad?” he asked.

“Erm... but I don't know any whatever his name is.” I shrugged.

“If you dare disrespect Milord's name, I will have no choice but to skewer you!” he declared.

“Would that be alright if... let's say, I really am his guest?” I asked with a smile.

“Urk...” the dragon stopped and sheathed his sword.

“Very well... Milord foresaw such a possibility, so in case it happened, he ordered us to tell you that Sir Seryanna's honor is at stake. If you do not wish to spit on her name as well, you better accept the summon.” he said with a smirk.

I squinted my eyes at him and just as I was about to move, I felt a strong grip on my right shoulder. Looking back, I saw Kataryna who stopped me.

“We'll be there.” she said in my stead.

“Very well.” he nodded.

“But do tell that whatever his name is. If I find out this summon is a joke, I will make sure that he will PAY dearly for this... rudeness.” the dragoness declared with a cold glare in her eyes.

Before the soldiers had a chance to retort anything, they were shivering from the cold air that surrounded them.

“W-We will...” the soldiers said.

“Good.” she smiled and let them go.

After they were gone, I let out a deep sigh.

“It was good you stopped me...” I said.

“You would have acted like a child, Alkelios. I know you care about Seryanna, but you don't have any strength to back you up. You would need to at least have reach the Breakthrough point to be taken into consideration.” she showed me a smile and hugged me from behind. “But don't worry, I won't let anyone take a bite out of you... if anyone, that should be me.” she giggled, but instead of feeling relieved, I felt a chill running down my spine.

What she meant by 'taking a bite' was by no means in a pleasing manner, she was referring to actually... harming me.

Maybe that's just my imagination? I wondered.

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Buggaboo
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Wasnt the MC kind of a gamer or nerd in our world? He would have had a ton of experience in both games, movies, books, and in fact just about any kind of media where nobles in a fantasy setting look down on people. How in the heck did he not realize exactly how noble would act in this world? Honestly did he get dumber or somehow loose all knowledge from his world suddenly, cause its pretty standardly known that thats how nobles act. The MC in this chapter suddenly got really really really dumb. Plus how can he not… Read more »
ShizaRiku
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To be honest as much as I like the series he just needs to calm down and think the variables at play. A common mistake or grievance with the reader for these kind of protagonist in these other world op characters who are inevitably drag into politics because they are op stories is they never “grow up”. They have been in enough situations or have had an event to shock them enough to change in way to cope with the situations. Hes not from this world we get it and hes in a society that is a war with another… Read more »
Joshan
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Thanks for the chapter~ Well.. this story is progressing how i predicted 8 chapters ago, bit sad .. soon we might see akelios in shackles, even if it is for a little while due to his luck. However its strange that nothing happened in his favor after the merchant house yeah yeah i know the wish’s effects wont show up until later chapters but from all these depressing chapters i wish i could read about his meeting with the princess .

Gege
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17.670 word? And I read it all less than an hour? Oh no…., how about if you just scan all your writing and we could read directly from your handwriting? Maybe some others could help to re-type it and edit it?

Tim
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All these new chapters, about time this novel gets some love.

faruel
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what is with the trend for OP MC’s to hide and play the fool lately, seriously more then half the stories i have been reading i have dropped because of MC’s never doing the smart and obvious thing and instead being dumb and just making their life hard. he is a breakthrough strength fighter with probability control lv999 summons and is a master at alchemy. walk in to the kings room after wishing not to be found then have a “chat” and boom problem solved

ImNotVerySorry
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there are people over level 1000, Kataryna for example is one of them. He could potentially solve this by going to the king and healing the queen that was mentioned to be sick.

Maniac3020
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Kataryna has a sadistic side.

Ermenegildo
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Why they continue to say he has no political power?
If might make right in this kind of world they should be at least be worth someting…
He can fight at a standstill with a Breakthrough Awakened and has another at his side, not to mention a freakin phoenix and Seryanna’s father who is healing…
He should make a show of his martial/magical prowess, hiding his talents is not a very good political option.

Mogamepro
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I doubt it is as simple as “might makes right”. He is human, so to them this highly diminishes any value he may have. I also think he isn’t as strong a fighter as you think. He has a lot of strength but does not yet know how to use it properly. He could go up against someone weaker/slower and lose if they are a properly trained/experienced fighter. His luck is powerful but it isn’t all powerful either.

ghostrike
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Exactly! First, I want to say that this story get to me and frustrate me so much so it rather obvious that I like it. What piss me off the most is that every problem the MC encounter could be solve by only a little bit of assertiveness. It is like the plot force the MC to be inadequate so that something happen. I get that the best story are those that the MC progress as the story goes but here it is like the story wait for the MC to progress. It is kind of awkward that almost all… Read more »
Mogamepro
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I’ll be blunt here but I”m not hating on you so please don’t take it that way. Most of those ideas are horrible. Plain and honest. This is just my opinion. His power to buff others is a double edged sword. He has to be careful who he gives it to. If he spends so little time getting to know someone that he’d be able to gain several “friends” in a single afternoon, he’d end up giving it to some very bad choices. Not to mention doesn’t the friendship have to be mutual? You suggest severely harming her honor as… Read more »
CJRUnner
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I actually agree with both of you. the ideas were pretty silly, BUT he does need to do something. At least Think about what is going on, and his overall mission. Actually, he should have been thinking about his overall mission the whole time. The Author has been giving us hints though, Most likely the once the demon king awakens (mentioned about twenty chapters ago) he’ll take over the Dragon side, Human side, and the central continent(the place protected by the impenetrable barrier) and the maybe find a portal there and conquer Earth. It seems like the MC”s fate is… Read more »
mjkj
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Thank you for the chapters   🙂   😮   sooo many at once…   😮   <3

Well, Alkelios should wish that neither he, his party, Seryanna, the third princess will be harmed and stay save and sound… …and also that draej-douchie's plots will be exposed.

…and when Seryanna participates in the tournament he should wish that she will win… 😉

I believe that letter was forged – it just stated second handedly (like by hearsay) that the king ordered – who is most likely poisoned and drugged or blackmailed. 😕

I just hope Brekkar will show up on time…

Entmet
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Even if Brekkar come he will not be able to do much. The reason for this is that he lost most of his power when he was crippled (His illness stated that 1000 level were lost).
So from level 1700, he go to level 700 which is not even an awakened breakthrough state.
At this level not many noble will take him seriously.

Naturalnuke
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More please! 😄

Pyro
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Thank you for the numerous chapters 🙂

Hmm if I had to make a guess at the upcoming…

Our MC will shatter under the stress during the “Trial” then after a few whispered words from the princess & his friends all his masks will fall aside then like a phoenix raising from it’s own ashes he’ll battle the idiotic nobles head on exposing those who had poisoned the king & queen while mixing an antidote & forcing the 2 to drink in front of the puppet masters that cooked up the scheme currently in motion.

Riger
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You’re forgetting that he’ll somehow be forced to join the tournament, as well. That always happens.

Seinvolf
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Thank u always for ur great work…
^^…

Yup, at least he must really consider about that race change deeply…
:3…

Zarathes
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Thanks for the chapters!

I have the feeling the MC is going to upgrade his hero power at the right time to change his race into a dragon. Showing his lover the true him behind the mask.

Would be very epic!

Charly
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by hero power you mean the dragon tamer skill ? cause he got other powers
that would make him a halfbreed not sure they are liked by dragons
still don’t like the way it’s going right now

Avod Rashod
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If he is getting scared he should whip out his chicken. Everyone will be shocked and stare at it. It should stop whatever is happening at the time.

Zarathes
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Yeah the dragon tamer skill.
Half Dragon with level x and a full dragon with level x+1.

Everything is possible.

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