“So, keep working hard in the future,” the knight said.
“Yes…” Kaiyan replied with a trembling voice that reflected his complex emotions.
In the early days of the war, or even until yesterday, he had truly wanted to become a knight.
Although the idea of serving nobles like Tarien was abhorrent to him, he was willing to endure it if it meant he could learn Aura.
“…But now, I’m a bit unsure.”
That thought had changed today.
Through the player system, he experienced explosive growth and realized that he was exceptionally special compared to others.
No, to be precise, he had come to understand just how incredibly powerful the player system was.
“I need to think… I need to think about it seriously.”
Should he become a knight to learn Aura?
Or should he seriously consider the option of freely pursuing his own path?
Perhaps even without learning Aura, it might be possible to achieve his goals through the player system.
At that moment, the sound of retreat horns echoed from the main camp.
Lost in the frenzy of slaying monsters, Kaiyan hadn’t realized how much time had passed. He had noticed that the number of monsters around him was decreasing.
“Well done. It was my first time fighting alongside the soldiers, but it turned out better than I expected,” the knight remarked.
“Yes. You also fought well, sir.”
After patting Kaiyan’s shoulder, the knight turned and left.
Seeing the smile on his face, Kaiyan felt relieved. It seemed that today’s battle had been quite satisfying for him. It was best not to give the knight any reason to dislike him.
“Not all knights are trash… or are they? Most of them were bystanders when the soldiers died, after all…”
Sighing, lost in his thoughts as he watched, someone patted Kaiyan on the head.
“Hehe, you did really well today. You were flying around so energetically. When did you become so skilled? I was genuinely surprised!”
“hehe… I’m hungry. Let’s go back.”
“Alright, let’s go back.”
His whole body soaked in the blood of monsters, Kaiyan felt uncomfortable, but his excitement was as thrilling as his mood.
Today, Kaiyan was able to make a greater impact on the battlefield than he had anticipated. Knowing that he could level up quickly by utilizing the central front, he felt satisfied enough with that fact alone.
“Hey, you guys!”
Just as Kaiyan and Uncle Jeff were about to turn back towards the main camp, someone shouted at them from behind.
“Did you forget about me? I’m coming along too!”
When they turned their heads, they saw Uncle Max rushing toward them with a blood-stained square shield.
“Oh! Uncle Max!”
“What? Oh, did you say ‘oh’? This guy!”
“Haha… I’m sorry. Let’s go quickly. I’ll definitely remember from now on.”
Kaiyan felt apologetic for forgetting about Uncle Max, but he had his reasons.
What occupied his mind now, after the war had ended, was…
“What will they give me… I’m excited.”
The reward box he obtained after defeating the Minotaur.
All his thoughts were focused on the rewards that would come out of that box.
“It’s not like there’s only one or two things I need to check.”
There were three things he had to check immediately.
The quest reward box, the newly opened skill window, and the shop.
Among them, the quest reward box was the most anticipated!
His heart raced, and he found himself hastening his steps toward their quarters without even realizing it.
“Ha… I’m so hungry. Let’s go eat right away.”
“Let’s do that. I’m also very hungry. Kaiyan, have your meal first, and then practice your swordsmanship.”
“Yes, I should eat.”
When they arrived at the main camp and were about to move towards their quarters, someone blocked their path.
“Oh! Thankfully, you’re together.”
“Yes? What’s the matter?”
It was one of Tarien’s subordinates, a knight who wore an arrogant expression as he spoke in a friendly voice.
“Master Tarien wants to see the two of you right away.”
“Ah… I understand.”
‘Tarien, you useless brat…!’
He was wasting Kaiyan’s time, even though there were more than one or two things he needed to check when they returned.
It infuriated Kaiyan to think that even after the war, he still had to stress out because of that guy.
“Calm down, Kaiyan. It’s probably not something bad.”
As if sensing Kaiyan’s emotions, Uncle Jeff patted his shoulder twice.
“Sure, since I have to continue making a name for myself anyway, it might be better to get to know Tarien and get noticed,” Kaiyan thought to himself.
And just like what Uncle Jeff said, there must be a good reason why that guy called Kaiyan and Uncle Jeff.
Earlier, the knight mentioned that Tarien had shown interest in Kaiyan and Uncle Jeff.
Following the lieutenant, Kaiyan glanced around as they headed toward the central command post located deep within.
“I can’t believe this place is actually a battlefield,” Kaiyan thought.
As they ventured further inside, the sight of the well-designed command posts was so extravagant that one could momentarily mistake this place for anything but a battlefield.
Why on earth were such opulent command posts built? Luxurious structures that seemed to be of no help in the war.
“Lieutenant, are those command posts where the nobles reside?” Kaiyan couldn’t contain his curiosity and asked.
“Huh? Haha, how amusing,” the lieutenant chuckled, finding something funny about Kaiyan’s question.
“Oh my… you certainly have a talent for jokes. Those are the command posts where the knights reside. Do you think the nobles would live in such humble structures? Hahaha!”
‘…Humble?’ Kaiyan wondered.
How could anyone consider those extravagant command posts as humble?
The lieutenant’s mental state was starting to raise suspicion. However, as they walked a little further and arrived at the command post where Tarien resided, Kaiyan understood why the lieutenant had burst into laughter.
‘…Am I imagining things?’
If someone referred to this as a command post, they must have some serious issues with their sanity.
Command posts were supposed to be simple and practical for use on the battlefield. But this…
“This… isn’t it a house? Why would a command post have two floors…?” Kaiyan questioned, astounded by the fact that Tarien’s command post had two floors.
Rather than a command post, it should be seen as a house. A quite decent one, at that.
“No, it’s a command post,” the resolute lieutenant insisted.
Kaiyan couldn’t help but feel that he was the only one finding this situation strange. When he looked at Uncle Jeff, he could tell that even he was taken aback.
Indeed, that was the normal reaction.
It wasn’t them who were strange; there was definitely something wrong with that lieutenant. Calling that a command post…
“Well then, let’s go inside.”
What was even more surprising was that when the subordinate pulled the handle at the entrance of the command posts, the door opened.
“…Uncle Jeff, were there originally doors on the command posts? Iron doors, even?” Kaiyan asked.
“…I didn’t know either. I never thought such command posts existed,” Jeff replied.
Giving up on understanding, they followed the subordinate and passed through an incredibly ornate door that wasn’t just an ordinary door.
They walked for quite some time, and when they reached a place that seemed like a living room, they saw Tarien sitting in a chair, his hair still damp as if he had just taken a bath, drinking wine.
” Tarien-nim, I have brought them!” the subordinate announced.
“Oh! They have arrived.”
‘Bathing immediately after the war. Truly extravagant.’
Indeed, nobles were different from soldiers who couldn’t properly bathe due to limited water supply.
Moreover, it was possible for nobles to drink alcohol, which was prohibited during the war, simply because they were nobles.
Following the gesture of the subordinate knight, Kaiyan and Jeff approached Tarien, bowing their heads.
“Greetings! I’m Jeff Kallein!”
“Greetings! I’m Kaiyan!”
“Yes, both of you, have a seat here.”
Following Tarien’s command, Kaiyan sat on the antique chair, which he had never seen before during his time in the army.
As soon as Kaiyan sat down, he felt an unfamiliar solidity and softness. It truly seemed like an item used by nobles.
‘I wonder how much this chair costs.’
“Haha! Did you say your name is Kaiyan? How old are you?” Tarien asked, looking directly into Kaiyan’s eyes with an interesting expression.
“Ah, I turned 15 years old this year.”
“I see. You’re very young, yet skilled.”
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Thanks for the chapter Hyung_Otaku! Looks like Tarien likes that they’re similar in age.