Ex Strongest Swordsman 220 (Self Edited) – The End of the Dragonkin

 

The End of the Dragonkin

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It went without saying, but… it was overwhelming. Of course, it was Soma who was pushing, and it wasn’t even an equal match in the first place.

All of the opponent’s attacks didn’t reach Soma’s body, and on the other hand, all of the slashing that Soma swung were struck into the opponent’s body, leaving wounds. To be honest, if there was a third party, who did not know the circumstances at all, was here, it just looked like a one-sided slaughter to them.

Hildegard, who roughly understood the circumstances, had such a thought passed in mind suddenly.

“How should I say this… I’m still really far away from him. The more I know about Nii-sama, the farther I feel.” (Lina)

“Hmm… But if it’s you now, isn’t it possible to defeat Soma? Of course, it’s a matter if you use the power of the Arbitrator.” (Hildegard)

When she said such words in a teasing tone without moving her eye line from the front, a sigh appeared from the side. At the edge of the field of view, the figure, who shook her head, was reflected.

“I still don’t feel like I can win… Or should I say, I tried it a long time ago, and it seems I have failed. Goodness, it’s good because I failed. What would have happened to Nii-sama if I had succeeded… No, I will not be able to forgive myself. Yes, that’s right.” (Lina)

“Hmm, what? Have you tried it already? I thought that I was going to be surprised. What a shame.” (Hildegard)

“…Eh? Did you already know that the Arbitrator has no effect on him?” (Lina)

“Rather than knowing it, I should say I understand it.” (Hildegard)

The Humanity Arbitrator had absolute killing rights against humanity. This was literally the authority to kill humanity without fail.

It was as close as possible to the authority as it ignored the difference in strength. Those who hold the position didn’t even have Beginner Rank skills. Even if the opponents had Special Rank skills, it was possible to kill them unilaterally.

It was an absolute force against humanity. However, it was the reason why it was powerless against anything else. It had no effect on monsters, and it didn’t work against illusion or spirit type creatures. In the old days, it would have been powerless against Elves and blood-sucking opponents.

And… As a matter of course, it had no effect on God. It had no effect on Soma.

Strictly speaking, Soma wasn’t a God. He had authority, so even though he was recognized as God, he didn’t stand at the same level as God. The current state of Soma should be called as demiGod.

However, in the end, there was no change that Soma wasn’t just a person. Although the body itself was a person, the soul was almost the same as God. The authority that was effective only for humanity couldn’t go against such an opponent.

“Well, I’m glad that it didn’t work. In that case, you don’t have to depend on its power, and you can chase Soma with your abilities alone.” (Hildegard)

“Surely… if you think so, I’ll be glad. In many ways. Even so, I don’t feel like I can chase him with that.” (Lina)

“There’s nothing else I can say but do your best.” (Hildegard)

Beyond their eyes, the battle was getting even more intense. As soon as the warming up was almost over, the speed of the sword flash increased, and the man’s body was cut unilaterally.

However, the appearance of retreating still wasn’t seen from him. Rather than that, he stepped forward.

“That man… he’s not having fun, isn’t it? Is he a human?” (Lina)

“Hmm… he’s not too far off.” (Hildegard)

“…Eh?” (Lina)

Lina didn’t understand the meaning. When she turned her eyes, Hildegard just shrugged. She was sure even if she explained it to Lina, she thought that it wasn’t something that Lina could understand. That feeling was probably understandable only by Dragons, so Lina wouldn’t be able to understand it.

Just as Hildegard mentioned before, Dragons hated being hurt by anyone other than those they admitted. Then, on the contrary, what would happen if they admitted voluntarily? The answer was the man continued to be attacked by Soma over there.

In other words, he was as if having fun and this made him happy. At the same time, it may point to a single fact, but… it might be too boorish if this matter was being talked about.

That man wanted to fight Soma again, and his wish was granted. The fact was only that, and that was enough for him.

And…

“…This is the end.” (Soma)

At the same time as the muttering words, the man’s body was cut off by the sword that was raised. It was too quick and too easy, and this inadvertently made them think about their struggle earlier.

However, no one let out a breath.

“Well, of course, this is an obvious outcome.  It isn’t possible to say anything else. You must be satisfied too, right?” (Hildegard)

“…Satisfied? I’m not…!” (Fafnir)

The former Evil Dragon man opened his eyes wide at Hildegard’s words. Then, he extended his arm to Soma.

“I’m not satisfied, there is no way…! It’s a shame… frustrating…! My grudge… my hatred… my….!” (Fafnir)

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“… It’s a great obsession, isn’t it? I don’t think he has any more power left with that body, but…” (Lina)

“…Well, that’s no surprise. That’s going to happen… ” (Hildegard)

“…Headmaster?” (Lina)

Hildegard shrugged again at Lina’s gaze. It wasn’t a big deal to explain if Soma didn’t understand it, but… as far as the man reaching him out as staring at him, it wasn’t hard to guess.

Then, any extra words were totally unnecessary.

“Not yet… Not yet…! I will… you…! You…! More….!” (Fafnir)

And then, as the man kept shouting while extending his arm, his body turned into something like sand, crumbling on the spot. Even if the arm had gone, even if the voice was gone, he kept staring at Soma until the end. He collapsed before long. The remaining sand started to scatter from the spot even though there was no wind, leaving no traces behind in no time.

Dragonkin was also an existence that was foreign to this world. It wasn’t a dragon, it wasn’t a person. In that case, they were allowed to remain in this world until the end of their life.

If Hildegard died, the outcome was surely the same. Of course, she didn’t think she was going to die.

At least as long as Soma was in this world.

“Yeah… it was an unconvincing end in many ways.” (Lina)

“…Well, it certainly seems to be that way for you.” (Hildegard)

To understand this matter, one had to have a fundamental knowledge of Dragon.

For instance, no matter how strong a negative desire a Dragonkin had, they wouldn’t be able to get used to it. If they didn’t know such a fact, they ended up not knowing anything.

To become Dragonkin, they needed desire and the power to reincarnate. No matter how strong Dragon was, if they didn’t have a proper desire, they wouldn’t become Dragonkin.

For starters, as for Dragonkin, they embraced a clear desire on the verge of dying when they were a Dragon.

If Dragons think that as long as their wishes could be fulfilled by allowing them to fall into something like a person, and not as a Dragon, they wouldn’t become a Dragonkin. The reason why it was pointless when the desire was negative. A negative desire was strong, but it was a matter of being strong. Simply put, it was hard to sustain. No matter how strongly they desired, it wasn’t something they could bring after death. If they brought it in, they would end up becoming another existence.

However, it didn’t mean that the man’s grudges and hatred were false. It was true, but… he had something beyond that. Thus, the man had become a Dragonkin.

Basically, no matter how much it was called the Evil Dragon, it was still a Dragon. And if it was a Dragon, it was normal to be attracted to strong existence.

So, yes… that was all there was to it.

“Hmm… it seems the Headmaster-san disappointed because she understands something.” (Lina)

“It’s not something to worry about. I mean, there’s something else we should care about.” (Hildegard)

“Yes? Something else?” (Lina)

“Why is this guy here?” (Hildegard)

“…Ahh!? Surely, that’s true. I forget about it midway, but why is Nii-sama here?” (Lina)

“Hmm?” (Soma)

Soma, who was quietly staring at the spot where the man disappeared, but when he turned to the shouting Lina, he tilted his head. That was a behavior where he didn’t know what they were talking about. Moreover, it seemed that they were seriously thinking that it was bad for him to come here.

“Whatever it is, I guess I just came here?” (Soma)

“It’s not like that. I mean I thought you were missing.  You just made me think that you can return back easily.” (Hildegard)

“Even if you tell me that, I don’t know what to say…” (Soma)

As a matter of fact, Soma was being honest. What Hildegard was saying sounded unreasonable.

But that would be inevitable. Although she had recovered, she had a hard time no matter how she thought.

If that was considered, one or two unreasonable thoughts should be allowed. Soma also probably had no other choices, but this was this, that was that.

“Hmm… I certainly made you guys worried. Then, I should have apologized for that first.” (Soma)

“I’m glad Nii-sama is safe and to return like this is already good enough…” (Lina)

“Lina, that’s that, this is this. Soma has a duty to explain what he has been doing until now, and we have the right to hear it. Well, this isn’t the time to say anything more now.” (Hildegard)

“Hmm, yes.” (Soma)

Although the situation here was successfully resolved, the essential place was still in danger. That should be given priority right now.

“Soma, you understand the situation, don’t you?” (Hildegard)

“As I said before, it’s basically a guess.” (Soma)

“That’s good enough.  If it’s you, you won’t make a wrong guess. So… I leave the rest to you.” (Hildegard)

“…Headmaster-san?” (Lina)

“It is true that I should take care of the rest, but… I’m a bit exhausted.  It looks like the situation is getting better, but there are probably obstacles if you head to the royal capital.” (Hildegard)

“T-then, I will…!” (Lina)

“Lina… There’s no way you aren’t aware of your condition, right?” (Hildegard)

“Uuh… Th-that is…” (Lina)

They had been fighting with that man for a long time, but even though Lina was healed by Soma, she had suffered considerable injuries. Lina’s exhaustion might be even worse than Hildegard’s. In short, they wouldn’t be able to do anything.

Incidentally, they overdid things here, and it was nothing more than complacency. They would only slow Soma down.

“Haa… I see. It can’t be helped. Nii-sama, I’m sorry, but I’d like to have a rest.” (Lina)

“Hmm… Sorry, but I have to leave the rest to you.” (Hildegard)

“Leave it to me.  Well, we certainly need to talk for a long time after this.  I have to hold that talk for a little bit, so look forward to it.” (Soma)

“I feel like it’s a flag whether you say that or not, but it’s you anyway… Aah, there may be Lars and Helen on the way. So, if you meet them, please tell them to work hard.” (Hildegard)

“Yes? Why are Lars and Helen on the way there?” (Soma)

“Well, there were a lot of things going on. I’ll tell you when you’re done with it all.” (Hildegard)

“Hmm… well, I got that for now. Well, I guess I should take care of them.  Then… I’m going there for a bit” (Soma)

As Soma said that, he ran in an easy-going manner.

Looking at how the figure got smaller in no time… a breath let out toward it. It shouldn’t be an easy opponent to defeat, and it was inevitable to feel hopeless, but maybe, Soma was the only one who could do it.

And, Lina seemed to have thought the same thing. When she heard a sigh exhaled from the side, Hildegard and Lina looked at each other with a smile.

 

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