How to Live as a Half-Dragon - Chapter 15
How to Live as a Half-Dragon chapter 15
015. Another Dragonian.
‘I want to check.’
The reason why the village suddenly became generally cluttered.
Of course, Xian, who was curious, wanted to know why.
‘I want to go to the window right now and check the atmosphere… .’
The problem was that he couldn’t move because of Hughes.
‘Patience, patience… .’
I suppressed my curiosity and persevered as much as I could.
Then, fortunately, by the time the sun went down outside and it was dark, of course I could feel it getting quieter.
As the noise tickled his ears and stimulated his curiosity, things went a little better for Xian from then on.
‘what… . It wouldn’t have been a big deal seeing it become quiet.’
If it was a very big incident, there would have been people who were still busily moving even after the sun went down, but seeing that it was not, it was clear that it was not a big deal.
Hughes woke up when the moon outside the window rose high.
Hughes, whose face did not change at all even when he was looking up, greeted me.
“good morning. draft.”
“You woke up surprisingly early.”
I thought I would sleep well until morning because I slept so hard, but it wasn’t.
Even in the dark room, Hughes smiled brightly with bright eyes.
“It’s a little bit before dawn, but will Xian rest a little longer this time?”
The suggestion of getting up and patting her own knee was very attractive, but Xian shook his head.
Rather than that, it was the reason Hughes was curious while he was sleeping.
It was a story about how to become stronger besides the magic Hughes talked about earlier.
“No, I would like to have a little conversation instead.”
“I told you yesterday, I will train you.”
If you go back in time, it was about half a day ago.
Hughes had suggested another way to Xian, who felt sorry that learning magic had gone in vain.
How to get stronger right away!
It couldn’t have been a proposal that made my heart tremble.
Hughes said worriedly.
“Like I said, it’s not that great.”
“I still want to know.”
“what… . great. I had to do it anyway, sooner or later.”
I was wondering what kind of special training it would be.
Judging by the atmosphere, it didn’t seem like it was a training method that would teach the one-hit kill technique or become stronger with some short-term attribute, but the interest didn’t stop.
“The key to training is practical experience.”
“uh… . I know what you mean, but… .”
Where do you get your hands-on experience?
Right now, I am busy just going to the Duke of Alteon.
“Whether you like it or not, you will experience it along the way.”
“The goblins and kobolds you met yesterday?”
Hughes nodded and said.
“But will it feel a little different?”
I encountered a monster at night that was much stronger than during the day, but it wasn’t that threatening.
There didn’t seem to be any training whatsoever.
Hughes confidently said otherwise.
“That’s because you won’t use mana.”
* * *
Xian narrowed his eyes.
“You don’t use mana?”
The mana that exists in the body always responds to the will of the user whether good or bad.
Of course, depending on the skill level, how much mana can be freely put into action will be determined, but even in the case of unskilled people, it was mana that helped a lot.
But why not use that mana?
I hardly ever understood.
I wondered if there was something to be gained by limiting the mana I had.
“Xian, what do you think is the greatest strength of a Dragonian?”
As they inherited the blood of dragons, there are many advantages of dragonians.
lots of mana.
natural magical talents, etc.
But in this case… .
“Is it your physical ability?”
“that’s right. The dragon’s body itself is both a shield and a sword. Of course, it would be nice to have mana, but even without it, the Dragonian has another weapon.”
Certainly Xian sympathized.
Although it was a battle that was somewhat overlooked, the fact that I received only light bruises even after being beaten several times by the Slayer was because of the Dragonian’s unique monster-like physical ability.
“So instead of mana, you want to realize the power of pure itself called the body?”
“that’s right. How much does Xian know about his physical abilities?”
Listening to it right away reminds me of a few experiences.
It’s the strength that can lightly knock down the bullies.
It’s the defense that can avoid fatal injuries even from the Slayer’s attack.
Hughes said as Xian’s thoughts deepened.
“Don’t you think it’s too wasteful to use it for jumping off the top of a tall tall tree?”
“Did you know everything?”
“yes. of course.”
Xian was surprised that Hughes knew him so well. Especially jumping off a giant tree.
I thought no one would know that!!
His face was very hot, as if he had discovered some shameful hobby.
“So, to sum up what Hughes sister said, you mean limiting your mana and training your body?”
After thinking for a moment, Xian opened his mouth.
It was because I had doubts aside from everything else.
“But does that really help?”
As I said before, it was because it seemed difficult to expect any great effect simply by limiting mana.
Yang Hughes, who said it was a natural reaction to Xian’s question, just smiled.
“Sure. Would you say it’s a necessary training?”
“How, for example?”
“How far can I withstand the opponent’s attack, what power does my attack have? Furthermore, how should I use my body to deliver a stronger blow?”
When I heard Hughes’ story, something came to mind.
Hey, wasn’t there a time when you were embarrassed by your own unexpectedly high physical abilities when you had a fight with a slayer?
And there were obviously regrets.
It’s such a pity that the result would have been different if it had been able to put a little more power.
After thinking about it for a while, I definitely felt like training would help in that respect.
“Well, the beginning is the same, but the ultimate pursuit is different.”
“Are there any more?”
“If you live with extremely limited mana, you will be able to fight much more efficiently when more mana is given. This is the key.”
Hughes said that and undid a couple of buttons around his neck.
Hughes smiled as Xian moved his gaze to the ceiling in surprise.
“It’s not strange, so can you look over here?”
Trusting Hughes, Xian lowered his eyes cautiously and saw two necklaces.
It was a red and blue necklace hanging around her neck.
Hughes unties the blue necklace among the two necklaces.
It seemed that Hughes’s feelings had changed in an instant… .
‘Is it an illusion?’
Strangely, it seemed that the air around it was shaking, but it was a time when I wasn’t sure if it was like a momentary fragment.
I heard Hughes’ voice.
“Now then, I think I’ve roughly explained everything… . Could you please come a little closer?”
Xian cautiously approached Hughes’ request.
A pleasant scent passed his nose, and after a while, the necklace caught on Xian’s neck.
At first glance, the sky-blue necklace, like her hair, was a fairly expensive accessory.
“But what is this?”
“An artifact that will help limit mana.”
It was right after hearing Hughes’ answer.
Instantly, the air in the room shook.
It was a small wind that shook my hair, but it was a storm that made no sense in a tightly closed room.
Changes also occurred in Xian’s body.
Suddenly, a severe headache came over me.
Shian, who couldn’t bear the headache as soon as his vision blurred, fell unconscious.
* * *
Xian’s eyes widened.
“Are you awake?”
Hughes is pretty even from this angle.
I’ve felt it before, but it’s new every time I see it.
Xian stood up and checked out the window.
It was in a state of dawn.
It was in the middle of the morning when I was talking to Hughes.
I think I fell asleep for about 3 hours at least.
“Why did I pass out?”
“It is an aftereffect of a sudden decrease in mana in the body.”
“Is it because of this necklace?”
Hughes nodded. Xian checked the necklace around his neck.
Only then did I feel a change in my body.
‘Mana is gone… .’
The always overflowing mana is no longer there.
The overflowing mana was only about a handful left.
If we have to compare the quantity… .
‘Am I on the level of my peers in the village?’
His body, which suddenly lost mana, was awkward.
His raw body is unfamiliar.
“Are you afraid?”
To Hughes’ question, Xian admitted without hesitation.
yes, it was scary
Even when I realized that I had to live being chased by the Slayer for the rest of my life, I wasn’t so afraid.
It wasn’t like this when faced with the fact that I had to leave my parents’ arms.
I felt as if I was abandoned alone in an abyss where it was difficult to see what was ahead.
“You will gradually get used to it.”
“Did humans originally live with this kind of fear?”
Of course, there may be differences, but most humans are born and live as prey from birth to death.
Only the selected few who passed through extreme odds were given relatively better mana.
This state of affairs is natural.
“maybe… I guess so.”
Hughes said while stroking Xian’s hand, who was trembling in fear.
“There are ways to stop training right now.”
“It’s simple. By taking off the necklace, the mana will return to its original state.”
It was a response as if it didn’t matter anyway, so do whatever you like.
There was no disappointment or hope.
After hesitating for a while, Xian’s decision was to continue.
“No, I will.”
It should be different from other dragons.
in order to survive.
Xi’an had grown so fast in the past few days that he felt it keenly.
Hughes’s palm tangled his hair instead of a hand this time.
Xi’an felt the same way a moment ago, but the body heat transmitted through her hands made her happy.
As mana disappeared and a large part relied on senses, these things, which were not normally inspired, felt sensitive.
“By the way, I couldn’t muster up the courage three times.”
It was immediately clear what Hughes meant.
Because just a few hours ago, the necklace around Sian’s neck had been on Hughes.
“We have to leave town now.”
Well, the village now is just a village for the purpose of staying overnight.
I had accomplished my purpose, so I didn’t have to stay any longer.
Xian also picked up the things he had put down for a while and immediately followed Hughes.
“Ah, did you sleep well?”
As I was going down the stairs, the innkeeper I met on the first floor greeted me warmly.
It seemed like he had a good impression because he had paid a rather large price the day before.
“Can I get a meal?”
“Nothing. Sit down and I’ll be back soon.”
After saying that, the owner headed towards the kitchen, and Xian and Hughes headed towards the first floor restaurant.
At the table on the first floor, there were about two groups of guests eating, even though it was early in the morning.
While waiting for food, Sian pricked up his ears.
It was partly because of his usual curious personality, and at the same time, it was also the reason why he reacted more sensitively to the surrounding environment as much as his mana was lost.
“Anyway, I thought the Slayer would be defeated… .”
“Rather than that, can you get the reward for participating in the subjugation? The most important thing is money, money!”
Slayer? Doesn’t it sound like you’re talking about us?
It was when Xian was taken aback by the fact that another slayer was in town.
Another word came out from the party eating in the corner.
why are you out there again?