~ Chapter 53: The return of the Human Hero (Part 2) ~
It was a True Breakthrough, just as Kataryna had, and to be fair, I achieved it long before I reached Level 1000. Speaking of which, as soon as I turned into a half dragon, my Level reset to 1, but luckily, I kept my abilities.
I was so surprised by this, I lost one whole day just staring at my status and wondering if I had ate some poisonous mushroom that made me see things.
It wasn't so ghastly dangerous though, My base stats were far higher when compared to when I was still a human Level 1. Strength alone was in the 300 points range, so overall, I was far stronger than when I had first stepped into the Seculiar Forest.
Afterwards, I entered a mode which could only be seen as a grind fest by someone familiar with hack and slash games. All I did was level up, raise my skill, eat, and sleep.
It didn't take me too long to reach the main street after making an inner wish, but even inside the great capital, the air had definitely changed from the last time I was here. It was heavy, and everyone was looking out with caution. The number of soldiers was incredibly high as well, almost all of them were from the Brekkar Army. Their armors and shields displayed the respective emblem: two swords crossed over a river.
Curious about it, I approached a nearby food store and bought something from it. I payed with some of the coins Kataryna gave me nine months ago. The debt I was amassing with that dragoness was no joke...
“Hey, do you have any idea what's up with all of these soldiers lately?” I asked casually as I cleaned up one of the apples I bought and then bit into it. “Oh! This juicy!” I remarked.
“It is isn't it? My apples are grown with the best nourishment magic out there! It's guaranteed to be free of pest and taste deliciously!” the vendor bragged.
Is he ignoring my question? I wondered and then took another bite.
“Mister, you're new in town, aren't you?” he asked after a while.
“Mhm! I came here not too long ago hoping to get accepted into the Adventurers Guild.” I replied with a smile.
“Is that so? Aren't you a bit too young for that, though?” he asked with a wry smile.
“No, mister. Father said it's best to start young to get the hang of things by the time I Awakened!” I showed him a childish smile after lying through my teeth.
“Ah, is that so? True. True.” the vendor crossed his arms at his chest and nodded.
“About my previous question...” I asked him.
“Well, I don't know much about it myself, but apparently that new dragon that's going to be the general of the Brekkar Army already took matters into his own hands and started reorganizing it. Many lads I saw today wanted to join it, but with all due respect... they all looked like ruffians.” he shook his head.
“So, it's bad?” I asked.
“No, not exactly... Well, it depends on what the new general will do once he is officially in charge, but right now, people are a bit wary of his troops. They're not the best of lot. I even heard some of them committed some crimes like rape and thievery, but they never got punished for it.” he let out a heavy sigh.
“How can that be? Isn't that wrong? What's that palace doing about it?” I inquired as I took another bite of my apple.
“Nothing really...” he shrugged “The officials keep saying that it's to be expected for one or two soldiers to get out of line. Well, the only ones that do something about it are those three under the Third Princess.” he nodded.
“Those three?” I asked curiously.
“Sir Kataryna Greorg, Sir Seryanna Draketerus, Sir Thaaraer... Thrakea... Ahem! Sir Seryanna's sister.” he said.
“What did they do or do exactly?”
“Well, they are the only ones who don't mind breaking several of their bones or downright killing one or two. Lately, when they are walking down the street, the soldiers make way or hide from them. They scared them stiff, and there's a rumor going on that unless it's an order from the King or the Third Princess, they are unlikely to listen to any noble's commands, which is a good thing for us commoners.” he nodded and smiled.
“Is that so, they did that huh? Well... it should be more or less expected of them, but even Kleo?” I muttered to myself.
“What was that?” the man asked since he didn't hear me.
“Nothing, I was just talking to myself, but thank you for the information and the delicious apples!” I smiled and then left.
“You're welcome! Come again!”
I tossed the remaining apples inside my [Purse] ring and took out a cooked seasoned strip of jerky from my storage skill. Cooking was something I had to learn on my own. I didn't want to lose points on something like this.
Now it was time to make my way to the palace, but just as I was about to take a turn, two soldiers blocked my way. They were smirking and looking down at me. One of them was a blue scale and the other a green scale. Both of them were in their anthropomorphic form.
“You there! Are you new in the city?” the one on the right asked, causing many eyes to turn towards us.
“Erm, sort of...” I shrugged.
“Show us your identification plate.” he requested.
I raised an eyebrow.
“A what now?”
“Oh? You don't have one? Are you someone who sneaked inside then?” he questioned.
“Yes.” I shrugged.
“What?” he blinked surprised.
I'm guessing they weren't expecting me to be blunt about it.
“Oi! Oi! Are you serious?” the other asked.
“I don't need one.” I shrugged.
“What do you mean you don't need one? Huh? Are you making fun of us?” the blue scaled asked as he unsheathed his sword.
“He's definitely making fun of us! He doesn't have an identification plate, so we HAVE to take him down now, don't we?” he smirked.
“Hm? What is this? Some sort of an intimidation game?” I asked.
“Boy! Don't get cocky with us!” he tried to grab my collar.
I grabbed his hand and then... I broke it.
The snap made everyone around me silent.
“AAARGH! MY HAND!” he screamed.
“That's it! You're going down!” the other threatened and tried to slash at me with his sword.
I stopped it with two fingers, grabbing onto the blade, then I pulled it out of his hand.
“What's this? A toothpick?” I questioned and then easily snapped it in half.
The dragon went pale.
“Hm... Can you fly?” I asked him with an innocent smile.
He gulped “No... I have no wings...” he pointed out.
“Grow some.” I smiled and then grabbed him by the neck and tossed him into the air.
“GYAAA!” he screamed before landing somewhere outside of the city.
“Please! I'm sorry! I give up!” the other soldier begged as he tried to run away.
“You need to fly too!” I smiled and grabbed him by his tail and tossed him in the air after his friend.
This guy had wings, so maybe he wasn't going to end up heavily injured. They were both past level 100, so it was unlikely they would die from the fall, but I couldn't guarantee no broken bones.
“Well, that was that with taking out the garbage!” I said with a smile as I made my way to the palace.
It would be a lie to say I didn't wish for such a stereotypical event to happen. I practically begged for the cannon fodder to appear, but it was fun.
It was past noon, and the arrow was directing me towards the castle. The reason I wasn't following it was because of the complicated mess of roads here. Also, the arrow didn't point me at the entrance to the palace grounds. If I followed it, I would reach the wall or a dead end.
While I was heading there, the King was probably handling his part of the bargain and gathering everyone there at this very moment. The reunion was going to be a fun one, and I hoped my acting was going to be enjoyable both for him and Kataryna. I was also 100% sure Seryanna was either going to scold me afterwards or drag me to her room.
[Feryumstark's point of view]
At noon, I gathered the nobles of my Kingdom in the throne room for a special announcement. The son of the Doesya Duke was also here together with his father. There were several barons and marquis from the outskirts of the Kingdom, especially around the Scar Battlefield. My third daughter, Elleyzabelle was here as well together with her aides, Seryanna Draketerus, Kataryna Greorg, and Thraherkleyoseya Draketerus. Brekkar was present as well, standing at my right side, wearing his old armor and looking as lively as ever.
Many of them were wondering why an old general like him was at this gathering as well as why he looked as though he had not been touched by disease, only by age. I knew the answer to this question, but so far I had yet to properly talk with him about the Alkelios matter.
Apparently, his apprentice, former Paladin Iolaus von Striggnyark was also here. The lad made me curious about why he gave up his position, but seeing how he was the fiance of the black-scaled granddaughter of Brekkar, I had a feeling Alkelios was behind it as well.
Both of that dragon's grandchildren were meant for greatness, and they weren't the type to look weak either. I could bet my scales on the fact that they were strong enough to stand as commanders on a battlefield.
“Fa... Your majesty, are you feeling well?” my son, Elovius asked.
He almost had a slip of tongue there.
The boy was always worried about me and his mother. Ever since Elliessara was poisoned, he showed a remarkably strong character as well as rigid and strict demeanour to hide any potential weakness or flaw. He was putting on a show because among my children, he was the most worried about us.
“I wonder what's the hold up.” Kataryna asked as she let out a bored sigh.
This one was a dangerous fellow. She would leave this place if she felt it didn't matter for her, so I tossed her a gaze and showed her a smirk.
The dragoness blinked surprised and then smirked back.
“Maybe I'll stay for a bit longer.” she said and crossed her arms at her chest.
Among those like us, there was no need for words in order to speak up our intentions.
Now, all that's left is to wait for Alkelios to show up... I wonder what he's going to show us. I thought and then aimed my gaze at the doors in front of me.
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