“The soldiers we are came who are the volunteer army.”
Rapid indicated towards the 1,000 people gathered in the camp.
As soon as Hawk and I talked to them, we understood that this was a different time zone and planet. We concluded that this unexpected event occurred due to the effects of the black hole. And we knew we should come here. At that time we met one of the lords called Rasius. But rebels under the command of Set just attack his territory and he barely escaped. He was rallying a volunteer army when he received notification that Prince Kuhwen still lived and was moving to oppose Set.”
It wasn’t an exact fact. Rapid said they “met and spoke’ but they were actually captured by the volunteer army. Muratio Star hadn’t seen the various alien species so they were suspicious. But Rasius didn’t see any of Set’s subordinates and released Rapid and Hawk’s groups.
However they suddenly fell into a different world so they had nowhere to go. Furthermore, Rapid and Hawk were users strong in the specialized gaming field. It was a sudden situation but they grasped the atmosphere immediately.
Rasius was the first NPC they met in this world. Rapid and Hawk intuitively sensed that accompanying Rasius was the way to escape this world.
“It was the right answer.”
|-<For the Benefit of Muratio Star!>|
You came through a black hole and met a militia in another time and space.
Currently Set has incited a rebellion against Horus and Muratio Star is in chaos. Fortunately, the Prince was heading to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage and managed to avoid Set’s assassins along with the retinue that accompanied him. On the other hand, Lord Rasius has escaped from a city under fire by Set and organized a volunteer army to meet up with Prince Kuhwen in the Valley of Darkness. If you help the volunteer army stop Set’s rebellion then you can figure out how to return to your original universe.
The quest was given to the party members at the same time. Ark also received a quest with the name <For the Benefit of Muratio Star!> but the contents were different. Ark had to help Kuhwen directly achieve the objective while Rapid and the others needed to help the volunteer army.
Rapid had an easy journey while Ark had suffered. They had to battle against Set’s armies while moving to meet with Kuhwen. Hawk and Rapid were soldiers that showed exceptional skills in combat. In particular, Hawk and his subordinates had rescued many of the soldiers from a crisis.
Rapid explained up to here with a serious expression.
“When I heard the Seven Swords title for the first time, I thought it was nothing but my mind changed after seeing it directly. Hawk is on a different dimension from ordinary users. His combat skills, ability to lead and strong faith.”
“I don’t know either. It is just my feeling.”
“Sheesh, this guy is one of the Seven Swords. And there is no such thing. Faith about money, faith about money, faith about money…..”
Rapid ignored Ark’s words and continued. Anyway, Hawk’s status quickly increased thanks to his achievements. Then just before arriving at the Valley of Darkness, the volunteer army leader died from an enemy sniper. Just before dying, Rasius requested that Hawk take over control of the militia. That was why Hawk commanded the militia in the Valley of Darkness.
“For the militia leader to fall in a matter of days…..’
He didn’t know what faith Hawk had but he managed to gain an advantage even after being dropped in a desert.
“You know what happened after that. We arrived at the scheduled destination a few days ago. But time passed and Prince Kuhwen didn’t arrive so we entered the Valley of Darkness.”
They found a Fly Ranger and made an attack. Incidentally, the first attack that hit the Fly Ranger was from Kalliben’s sniping. Rapid had been describing the process to Ark with a serious look.
“This matter is unrelated to me. But Hawk is different from ordinary users. And we already have Lucifer to go against. It isn’t a wise choice to have Hawk as an enemy in such a situation. Isn’t now a good time for a reconciliation?”
“This isn’t something you should be saying to me.”
Ark replied in a curt voice.
“Didn’t you see it yourself? You did. Did I do something bad to that guy first? No? Then it must be a one-sided bullying.”
“It seems like that but…..”
“The difference is the opponent.”
“The difference? What does that mean?”
“I’m not going to tell you anything. And is Hawk childish? Would he harass without a reason? Shouldn’t there be an appropriate reason? Think about it. What did you do?”
“If Hawk has a reason then I don’t know it either. Why do you think I did something bad?”
“Because it is you.”
“Dammit! Am I the ringleader of evil? If I am then will everything be okay?”
Ark declared sharply with an angry expression.
“Ark-nim, His Majesty is calling.”
A guard from next to Kuhwen said. Ark scowled at Rapid and approached Kuhwen.
“Ark, welcome. This person called Hawk told me almost all of the circumstances. You are people who have passed through time and space. Ark, are Hawk’s words true?”
Ark looked at Hawk with annoyed eyes after Kuhwen’s words. However there was no point now that the facts became clear. And once Ark returned to his original world, the real Jed would tell Tot and Basak that it was a lie.
“I never intended to trick you.”
“I think that it was inevitable in that situation. But it is an amazing thing. I honestly don’t believe they travelled through time and space but you are different. Moreover Ark is in Jed’s body who I know for a long time. I feel a strong bond between us. Hawk asked me about the way to return to the original world. Ark, do you have the same idea?”
“To be honest, I can’t give you a definite answer. Time and space travel is still beyond the Murat. However I will make a promise. If you quell Set’s rebellion then I will find a way to return you to your original world.”
In the end he needed to complete the quest. Kuhwen alternated looking between Ark and Hawk.
“Rasius who was the militia leader was killed in battle and Hawk took over command. I am sad that I lost a great lord and loyal servant but there is no time for grief. We must turn off Abraxas quickly in order to prevent a greater tragedy. And now I have reliable people in both you and Hawk. I will leave the militia and expedition to you and hope that you both join forces to overcome these challenges.”
Ark bowed and replied. He then withdrew to the side with Hawk and spoke.
“I’m grateful for the safe return of my employees.”
“You don’t have to say anything. I just judged that it would be favourable to me at the time. But I regretted it after you spoke. I should’ve handled them when there was a chance.”
Ark was about to snap angrily but closed his mouth.
In fact, Ark had never thought seriously about Hawk. Hawk was hostile to Ark first so Ark regarded him as an opponent. Yet he thought it was strange after Rapid’s words. Why was Hawk acting like this? He hadn’t thought deeply about it until Rapid made him think.
“I’m just wondering, have I ever done anything to you?”
“Eh? I have? Me? What?”
“I don’t want to talk about it. You won’t understand even if I tell you.”
“Damn! Isn’t it unfair if you don’t tell me? Wouldn’t you be annoyed if a person said you made a mistake but wouldn’t tell you what it was?”
“It isn’t something that can be fixed. I can’t forgive what you did. It won’t be significant if you apologize to me.”
“Who is going to apologize?”
In fact, he had been quietly thinking about that. Rapid was right. Ark’s ultimate enemy was Lucifer. In such a situation, he couldn’t afford to have Hawk who wasn’t an ordinary user as an enemy. And luckily he hadn’t received any great damage from the Hawk situation yet.
He thought now was the perfect time to reconcile. But he thought it was good he didn’t say anything after seeing Hawk’s attitude. How could he reconcile with such an impolite person? And something like that didn’t fit Ark’s personality.
He didn’t avoid fights. If he avoided fights then he would just be stomped on by this world. He had to be merciless to someone who challenged him in battle so they would think twice about challenging him. If he didn’t then a situation like the 3 monkey brothers would occur. This was the gaming attitude that Ark maintained from his time in New World. However…..
“Now isn’t the time. Isn’t that right?”
Hawk nodded. Hawk had no intention of reconciling with Ark. Ark was the same as well. But now they had travelled to another time and space so the situation was unknown. If the two of them fought over every aspect then it might result in a total loss. So it was necessary to resolve the problem in front of them. It was like when the investigation team’s mission proceeded despite both opposing each other.
“If we win then we can get a clue to return to our original world. If the quest fails then we lose our items and spaceship.”
“It isn’t equipment and items.’
“I killed one of my subordinates once I found that this was a different time and space. Not long ago, he contacted me over phone that he revived in Turan. His equipment and items were returned.”
Ark had also considered such a method. And there were the right people. 3 Monkey Brothers. But Ark couldn’t do it even if they stole money from him. Because the death penalty in Galaxian wasn’t as easy as it used to be at this level. That’s why he thought they were better used as shields for Kuhwen!
“He sacrificed one of his subordinates just to verify such information?’
This guy really shed no blood or tears.
“But he couldn’t catch the signal of the Death Knight in the original world. The ship fell into the black hole. However, if we’re alive then the ship might just be trapped somewhere. Then I can only come to this conclusion. If I escape this world in the normal method then I might regain my ship. That’s why I can’t die.”
Ark was also the same. He already spent a couple of days in this world and gained 4 levels and learnt 3 skills. Hawk also piled up quite a bit of experience leading the militia. They needed to find a way to get out alive. And currently the only clue was the <For the Benefit of Muratio Star!> quest. Help Kuhwen prevent Set’s rebellion.
They needed to complete the quest even if it meant holding hands with the enemy. Ark and Hawk agreed on that part.
“The Fly Ranger was destroyed but it likely already sent the information about Kuhwen to Set. Naturally the defense at the Holy Land called Tri-Force will be strengthened. So there is no time to delay in this place. If we give them more time to call enemy troops then it will be disadvantageous to us. We need to attack before their troops are ready.”
“I also meant to say that.”
Ark smiled and stretched out his hand.
“I take it this means a truce is established for the moment?”
Hawk glanced at Ark’s hand before turning away.
“Harley, sort out everything! We will depart straight away! The goal is Tri-Force!”
This was an unlucky guy. However, he was a reliable user if they were on the same side.
“Temporarily….but…..” Space 7: The Murat Saga (Part: 1)
SPACE 7. The MURAT SAGA (PART : 1)
“Are we late?”
The words emerged from Hawk’s mouth. A 3D image made from sand was floating in front of him.
The first thing that came into sight was a large pyramid towering in the middle of the desert. The pyramid was the Holy Land Tri-Force where the device to operate Abraxas was asleep.
But the pyramid wasn’t the only thing in the picture. Thousands of soldiers were surrounding the pyramid. There were also dozens of armoured vehicles that looked like tanks containing weapons.
“Doesn’t it seem like there are at least 5,000? There are dozens of Sphinx- Murat tank- so far. It is a scale I’ve never seen before. The number of troops to capture a city also wasn’t of this scale. This isn’t the number of troops that should be stationed at a Holy Land. It is still increasing.”
This was the reason why Hawk asked if it was too late.
Set knew that one of the sanctuaries contained the control device for Abraxas. However he didn’t know the exact location so he stationed troops at all the Holy Lands on Muratio Star. The fact that they were bringing in reinforcements meant that he identified the location. The Fly Ranger probably transmitted information about the expedition in the Valley of Darkness before it exploded.
Of course, Ark and Hawk had expected this. They ran quickly but the troops had already received reinforcements.
“The rebel numbers stationed at Tri-Force outnumber us by 4 times. Furthermore, they are expecting us to come so the odds aren’t in our favour?”
“It would be stupid to fight when the odds aren’t in our favour.”