~ Chapter 96: The Nundaba Ritual (Part 4) ~

“You killed him... why?” I asked.

“He was evil... even by a Human Hero's standards. He tried to bring chaos to Albeyater.”

“I see... Then, what do you feel about Alkelios?” I asked curious about how such different species could be together.

This question was more of a personal curiosity of mine because of my wife.

“I love him.” she replied as simple as possible.

“The fact that he's a human doesn't bother you?” I asked.

“Me? At the beginning but then it passed. Alkelios, on the other hand, was bothered by it for a while. Human Heroes have... different morals, beliefs... and common sense.” she explained.

“Different morals, beliefs, and common sense. Interesting. Where is he now?”

“I don't know... The other Human Hero... he said he sent him away through time and space. I'm waiting for him. He's my husband, the dragon I love...”

There was something that surprised me when she said those words. Sir Seryanna didn't see this Alkelios fellow as a human as much as she did a dragon. For a proud and powerful dragoness like her to see this human with such high regard impressed me.

“Thank you, Sir Seryanna. I will leave you to it.” I said as I moved towards the door.

“Why did I answer so easily?” she asked.

“You are tired, and this place... it's not a good place to lie, you know?” I replied with a wry smile.

As I got out of the room, I was touched by the cool air from outside.

“Your Majesty, how was it?” I was questioned by the High Priest.

“It was interesting... I got what I wanted from her, so I will move on to Sir Kataryna.” I nodded.

The other dragoness was in the Room of Prayer in the Temple of the God of Earth. Just as the name suggested, it was a room where a believer could connect themselves to the element of this god.

For this place, my regular armor was good enough. Once I got changed, I stepped inside.

Tall stalagmites and stalactites welcomed me with a choir of drops of water. An endless echo bounced off the stone walls. The pressure of the air here was strange, but the temperature was at normal values.

There, at the center of the room, I saw the silver-scaled dragoness reading the prayer to the God of Earth. It didn't look like two days had passed for her. The toga she was wearing captivated her natural beauty, but it was kept clean, undisturbed.

“Sir Kataryna?” I asked.

My voice echoed with a loud ringing that forced me to cover my ears.

Bloody bats on a turquoise sandwich! I cursed as I clenched my jaw and waited for the sound to vanish.

“Ssh. Here, the sound is so loud you can hear your heartbeat.” the dragoness told me, yet her voice barely echoed.

“I... I'll try.” even when whispering it felt very loud.

“Why are you here?” she asked as she closed the book and looked into my eyes with a cold gaze that froze my very soul.

I gulped “It's part of the Nundaba Ritual. I must visit you all as the acting ruler of Trindania.” I said.

“I see. Very well.” she nodded.

“So... a question. What do you think of our continent so far?”

“Of this place? Hm... weak, boring, slightly dangerous? It isn't that bad. Maybe... maybe not?” she said and then shrugged.

Just like the other dragoness, this one was also completely honest with me.

“Then... what do you think of Alkelios?” I narrowed my eyes.

“Seryanna's husband? I love him.” I she replied bluntly.

“What?” I blinked surprised.

This was another answer I had not expected and nearly raised my voice because of it.

“Erm... You love him? As in a friend?”

“As a lover. I want to carry his egg.”

“Erm...” the brutal honesty of this dragoness put me at a loss of words.

“This love, however, I cannot share it... He belongs to Seryanna. Me... I'm just passing by.” she showed me a wry smile.

The sound of her voice was filled with a strange sadness. It made me feel pity.

Is she not confident that she would receive this love in return? I wondered and then I remembered something my wife asked me when I was unsure of whether or not I should ask her to marry me.

“Sir Kataryna, you say you love this man, correct?”

“Yes.” she nodded.

“Then, what are you afraid to lose if you choose to share your love with him?”

“Afraid to lose? I...” she stopped and looked down, she furrowed her brow.

“Do you think Sir Seryanna will push you away? Do you think he won't love you back?” I asked.

“I...” she looked at me as if she was in a trance.

Maybe up until now she never thought about this. If she didn't partake in this Nandaba Ritual she most likely would have never thought about it either. I told myself as I rubbed my beard.

“Maybe it's their friendship altogether?” I asked.

She shook her head.

“No... I'm afraid to lose my love for my past lover.” she replied.

Oh boy... that's again... unexpected. I thought.

“Would your past lover have wanted to see you alone for the rest of your life while keeping his love in your heart? I'm not saying to forget him, but no man would wish for his lover to remain alone after they passed away. At least, no man who is worthy of being called a man. I ain't afraid to allow my wife to find happiness after I am long gone. Sure, I wish to be mourned, but I prefer her smile rather than her tears.” I said with a smile.

Sir Kataryna took in every word that I said, but I couldn't tell if it made a difference or not. So far, I gathered that these dragonesses weren't bad folk. They definitely kept their words and focused on the ritual without trying to cheat or anything. This state of mind of theirs was the proof of that.

“Just think about what I said, maybe it'll help you. Unfortunately, I can't stay for any longer.” I said and then walked to the door.

The fact that they held a Human Hero in such a high regard also showed that we as dwarfs might not end up being oppressed by them if given the chance. We look quite similar to humans, and there are many Human Heroes among us now. I wouldn't want to sign an agreement through which I gained the favor of the dragons but had to abandon the favor of my own people.

After I stepped out of the room, a priest closed the door behind me and the High Priest walked up to me.

“How was it, your Majesty?” he asked.

I showed him a smile and then replied “They followed the ritual as promised. They do not belittle our Empire and they do not lift it in high regard. They hold the same worries as us dwarfs do, and for what it may be worth, I cannot see them as foes.”

“That's wonderful news, your Majesty!” he nodded and then showed me a smile.

“When I came here, I saw her Highness sitting on the Soul Platform and chanting the prayer faithfully. Has she stopped?” I asked.

“No.” he shook his head.

“Alright, then I won't bother her. I will return to the Palace now.” I nodded.

“Is it alright not to question her as well?” he asked me.

“Yes. The Nundaba Ritual tests her endurance and pride as a noble. A selfish fellow would not have agreed to go with it until the end, and someone like that would have no place at my negotiations table. Even if the subjects are good, if the leader is worthless, the whole group will fail.” I said with a nod.

“It is as you say, your Majesty.” the High Priest bowed before me.

After speaking with those two, I ended up being even more curious about this Alkelios fellow. Maybe sometime in the future, I would get to meet this Human Hero who captured the hearts of two powerful dragonesses.

The most difficult part of the Nundaba Ritual was now over and even if they didn't last the entire third day, they could still be considered as having passed. Nonetheless, it would be wise if I didn't tell the other tribe leaders what questions I asked those two. They would have seen them as foolish, but it didn't matter what they wanted to find out from them, it mattered what I wanted to find out for them, and that was the fact that they were not the monsters many made them out to be.

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For when the new chapter, I have read it in one week and I would like to continue it but the last update was in Apil 20, have you abandoned the Project? If it is, It’s a pity, i realy love this novel.

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Hmm. That’s quite clever of them. A test of endurance, and a test of character.
I like it!

Not to mention, it sounds silly, so it hides the real goals from the participants.

Wasn’t there actually a mental breakthrough, too, though? Seryanna sounded like she disregarded that idea, but she (or was it Alkelios) was told that both are important.

Are the prayer books really the journals of those who had the mental version of the breakthrough, or are they just nonsense to help distract and tenderize those who go through the ritual? Or both?

truenull
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truenull

Dorf Emperor ultimate wingman!

Kheran
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Kheran

I Hope kataryna will accept to Share her love with the MC. Seryana have already accepted her as her “wife sister”

NotKarma
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NotKarma

Probably im reading too much crappy LNs lately, but for the 1st-2d parts i was waiting when dwarf s would do smt stupid and kill themselfs a bit.

Erethros
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Erethros

Thanks for the chapters.

And thanks for remembering us that this story was 3 years ago too, I forgot about it.

Distophic
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Distophic

Praise be to the new main character seryanna. Everyone forget about that alkelios guy he’s no longer important to the story.

Smercholeg
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Smercholeg

Illsyore is no more the main character either.

Adi
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Adi

It’s not that he’s not important for the story but he has skip some year due to the spell of the other heroes, dragomir don’t want to just stay on alkelios and when he’s back the Dragon continent hasn’t make any action to cure the queen

Distophic
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Distophic

I want to make it clear to the people who gave me like -20 or so on a comment. The female chapters are not bad by any means. I just wildly prefer the main character actually being a part of the story at large. I would have had no problems had you put the mc in stasis or something to explain the lack of him but you didn’t, no you sprinkled him in a couple times with lower quality chapters while spending all of your efforts on the side characters and these dwarf fucklords. It’s like playing a dlc where… Read more »

NekoSama
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NekoSama

I would have had no problems had you put the mc in stasis or something

That’s what he did bro. Akelios was send into the future. During this story part he is literally in statis.
Please read before complaining?

Distophic
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Distophic

Why is my only upvoted comment sarcastic?

RandomNameGoesHere
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RandomNameGoesHere

It’s simply amusing. The other one(-20 one) wasn’t that bad either, don’t know why everyone hated…
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Thank you for the chapter~

Distophic
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Distophic

You’re the second person to say something even remotely positive to me on this site.

RandomNameGoesHere
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RandomNameGoesHere

I don’t see how considering what I read you say isn’t irrelevant, just a bit… Brutally honest?. 😐
Though only the second? You’re quite hated here, aren’t you? -_-

Distophic
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Distophic

I’m not one to mince words.

RandomNameGoesHere
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RandomNameGoesHere

Cough* Cough* I’m a ‘little bit’ late but: not mincing words is something I find interesting, and it’s not something most people can do. As in there is only one person I know that’s like that, and he’s a good friend I’ve known for like 6-7 years. I don’t know if it’s ‘good’ per se but he is one of the closest friend I have… I wonder where I was going with this? ah whatever. I just think being around someone who is brutally honest is extremely fun to be around and isn’t all that bad. I’m sure people would… Read more »

Nicholas Knapp
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Nicholas Knapp

Thanks for the chapter. Your writing is great.

matosch83
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matosch83

thx for the chapters!

Silver
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Silver

Kataryna has been worrying about this for a while I see. I wonder what she will do when she sees him again? It would be nice to see her lose her mask when this happens. I thought I wouldn’t like the king at first, but he seems to be a nice guy in a hard position. He didn’t have to say any of that to kataryna.

I like these chapters looking into the events that happened while Alkelios was gone, but how many more after this dwarven continent until the story moves forward?

Anyways, thanks for the chapters!

Adi
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Adi

Thanks for the chapter

And I hope Kataryna find her answer 🙂

And that dragomir has got more pleasure to write more and more chapter without burn-out

Maniac3020
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Maniac3020

Ah, Kataryna’s bluntness makes me laugh.