‘What is that?’
I wondered if I had seen it wrong for a moment, but it was clear that the person was right.
Elika stopped walking and looked around with wary eyes.
Confirming that there was nothing else to see, she cautiously approached the fallen man.
The person who fell was a young man.
Elika blinked and looked down at him with a puzzled face.
That would be the case, because the floor around the man was covered with red blood.
She brought her ear close to the man’s face.
I was able to confirm that it was a living person, not a dead corpse, that I could hear, albeit weakly, breathing.
‘······I don’t think there are any wounds?’
Elika examined the man’s whole body with puzzled eyes.
There was so much blood on the floor, but strangely, there were no visible injuries.
I wondered if there was a wound on the front, so I pushed it with my foot and turned my body upside down.
However, there were only hardened bloodstains on the front, but there were no visible wounds.
Her gaze moved toward the man’s lower body, then frowned, turned her head, and flipped her body back to normal.
What should I do?
Elika thought for a moment.
It was not an unusual situation at all to see a person lying naked in a forest like this.
Moreover, it was a remote area where not many passersby passed by. The only outsiders who stopped by occasionally were the residents of nearby villages.
‘No matter how you look at it, he’s not a villager…’
It was a face I had no memory of.
A beautiful face and pure white skin, even at first glance, it was an appearance that could not be seen at all as a resident of a rural village. And for some reason, the atmosphere feels strangely noble.
Elika reached out again and poked the man’s body.
“Hey… Look at this?”
The lack of movement showed no sign of coming to his senses at all.
It was time for me to think about whether I should pour water and pour it on my face.
Elika was taken aback by the sudden sound and looked around.
Several brown-haired beasts appeared from among the bushes and came into view. It was a group of wild dogs living in the forest.
Did you come here because you smelled blood? Usually there were no cases of wild beasts coming out to the outskirts of the forest.
She narrowed her brows and looked around at the ground. The ax had been thrown away, so she had no weapon in her hand.
Fortunately, I soon found a thick wooden stick and quickly picked it up.
“These bastards, won’t they go away?”
I swung the stick around, but the wild dogs did not back down and quietly approached me.
At that, Elika stopped threatening and took a stance with both hands on the stick.
The wild dogs seemed unwilling to back down, perhaps because they were starving.
While the confrontation continued for a while, a stray dog in the back suddenly jumped in.
Unfazed, Elika quickly turned around and swung the stick.
The wild dog, which had been hit right in the head with a light hitting sound, bounced to the floor and rolled over.
The other wild dogs barked and barked at him, then gave up attacking and turned and ran away.
Elika sighed and threw the stick to the floor.
Then I heard a run from the side, and soon Tom and Heron appeared.
“Hey! Are you okay?!”
On their way there, they heard the sound of wild dogs and hurriedly ran to them.
Elika shook her hand as if she was okay, then turned her gaze to one side.
The two people who came closer also noticed the man lying around her and widened their eyes.
“What, what? Who is he?”
Tom looked back and forth between Elika and the man, then covered his mouth with his hand.
“My God… did you ever do anything wrong? Did you kill someone?”
“Are you kidding me now?”
Heron asked after slapping Tom on the back of the head.
“What the hell is all this about, Elika?”
“I don’t know. He just collapsed in the woods. Looking at him, he’s breathing for now…”
Heron approached the man with a serious face.
And while examining the situation, he muttered in a puzzled voice.
“······There doesn’t seem to be any injuries, but what is all this blood?”
Tom also stood by and looked the man around, then said:
“More than that, why are you all lying naked? You don’t have any clothes left around you? Did you get hit by thieves?”
“Where are the bandits around here?”
“No, but other than that, there’s nothing special. Unless you’ve been caught by those nasty bastards who don’t leave a single piece of underwear behind, why are you naked in a place like this…”
“Stop talking nonsense, what are you going to do?”
Tom replied quickly.
“What the heck? I have to take it to the priests quickly.”
Heron shook his head in opposition.
“We’re not going to take them blindly, let’s bring the priests here.”
“He’s an unknown stranger. Have you ever seen someone like this among your villagers?”
“No, there isn’t, but…”
“So be careful. For now, let’s go back to the monastery as soon as we’re out of breath.”
At that time, Elika was staring blankly at the man and said,
“Let’s just take it right away.”
“There are bloodstains around and it could be in a critical state. What if I die after dragging it out for more time?”
Then, she took a stride and grabbed the man’s body.
Tom was taken aback by this and quickly moved to her side.
“Hey, I’ll move it.”
“······Give us something to cover, Heron. We can’t just carry it around and go.”
Heron sighed and tossed the top he was wearing to Tom.
So they took the unidentified man and quickly returned to the monastery.
When I opened my eyes, the first thing I saw was an unfamiliar ceiling.
I hurriedly got up and frowned at the excruciating pain I felt.
Then a voice came from the side.
“Are you awake?”
A little away from the bed stood a knight wearing some kind of greaves. he said again
“Wait a minute. I’ll call someone.”
He didn’t even have time to grab hold of anything and ask, he went straight out of the room.
I stared blankly at the closed door for a moment, then looked around.
Where are you?
I awoke my hazy mind and searched for memories.
A battle with Ditrodemyan, a gamble I risked my life to kill him.
And when everything was over, an unfamiliar place unfolded before my eyes out of nowhere.
I tried to remember, but it was the same that the situation was not organized well.
It wasn’t long after I was in such confusion that someone came back into the room.
It was the same knight and another man dressed like a priest.
The man approaching me asked with a soft smile.
“You woke up right away. Thankfully.”
He continued talking to me who couldn’t find anything to say.
“People from the monastery found him lying unconscious in the woods and brought him here.”
“Yes, this is a monastery. Are you feeling well?”
Even in the midst of wondering what this all meant, I tried to answer for once, but then frowned again.
It was because even if I tried to move my body even a little, the pain was like being stabbed with an awl.
The man tilted his head.
“You don’t seem to be in a good mood. Uhm, there weren’t any noticeable injuries…”
“······Besides that, where the hell is this place?”
He kindly answered my question again.
“As I said, it’s a monastery. It’s the Robelgio Monastery.”
“That’s not it… I’m asking which area it is from.”
“Region? What is that…?”
“Is this Gardret City?”
He made a face as if he was saying something strange.
“If you’re talking about Guardret… are you referring to the city where the Mage’s Tower in the west of Saintea is located?”
“This is Poston Territory on the southeastern frontier of Saintea.”
At those words, I couldn’t help but have a dumbfounded face.
Change southeast of Saintea? Poston Spirit?
Isn’t it a place completely opposite to the city of Guardret?
The place where the battle with the Mage Tower Master and Ditrodemyan was obviously near Guardret City, but I wondered what the hell was going on with this.
“If you’re feeling confused, would you like to postpone the conversation for a while? You’re welcome to take some more rest.”
“······No, it’s okay.”
I shook my head.
After talking with the man a little more, I was able to sort out the situation, albeit roughly.
Once, this was a place called the Robelgio Monastery located in the southeastern frontier of Saintea.
And the people of the monastery found me lying unconscious in the forest and brought me here.
The man’s name was Tane, and he introduced himself as a priest belonging to the monastery. And he asked my name too.
I tried to say Ron, but I said another name.
“This is Ethan.”
“It’s Ethan. May I ask how you got lost in the woods?”
It was asking what I was doing.
I answered while looking for the right words to cover.
“······He was just a wanderer passing by. I can’t quite remember why he passed out.”
The man didn’t seem to believe it, but he nodded without questioning further.
More than that, he asked a lot of questions, expressing more concern about my condition.
Maybe it was because he was a priest, so I wondered if he was so kind to strangers.
“Your body is fine, so could you give me some time to rest by myself?”
“Thank you so much for helping me.”
“Say nothing. Please say thank you later to the children who found Ethan and brought him to me.”
He grinned and left the room with the driver, leaving only the words to call for anything he needed.
I sighed and looked out the window.
‘What the hell is this…’
I couldn’t figure out what had happened.
Why did I suddenly move from west Saintea to a completely different area? As if some sort of teleportation was taking place…
wait for a sec.
Come to think of it, wasn’t it caught up in Ditrodemyan’s space cutting at the last moment?
What does that have to do with it?
Space cutting couldn’t penetrate the floating screen, so the whole thing was blown away to the other side of space?
I don’t know exactly what happened.
But at least it seemed right that it was caused by getting caught up in his space cutting.
What else was there to be teleported out of nowhere to a place so far away?
‘It’ll turn, really…’
I scratched my head in embarrassment.
On the other hand, there was also a sense of relief that I was fortunate that my life was still attached.
Considering how his body was burned to the extent that his bones were exposed after being caught in the flames, it wouldn’t be strange if he lost consciousness and never woke up.
It was a time when I was immersed in thought, staring into the void.
I felt a presence outside and the door opened again.