to get stronger faster if she finds them.

'And if there's a chance, let's make lots of other colleagues.'

The end goal of Arsene Continental War – to fend off the Rulers of the Abyss, she needed allies of Ulan's caliber.

'The Sword Maiden and the Star Witch were definitely from Arsene Academy, right?’

The main characters, the Sword Maiden and the Star Witch.

If you have them as allies, certain bosses will be much easier to defeat.
There was no harm in becoming friends.

'The only problem was……'

Noah.
Yoo Min-ha, on the other hand, had never made a true friend in her life.

Besides, she hadn't been to school since high school and had forgotten how to make friends.

“But if I try hard enough, it will surely happen.’

So she needed to stay close to Ulan for the time being.

Give him what he wants and borrow his strength.
With a firm resolve, Noah stared at Ulan across the training field, her eyes as bright as the stars.

******

Meanwhile, at that moment, Ulan froze in place.

He felt a gaze not far away.
His gaze locked with the gaze of a girl peering out a window on the second floor of the mansion.

“…….!”

The dark-haired girl scurried away in a panic.
Ulan squinted, her face imprinted on his mind.

‘Noah Darshen.’

From the grasslands to the Imperial capital.


She was a girl his own age, a fellow student and companion who had accompanied him for the longest two months.
And after two months of observing her from the sidelines, Ulan had reached this conclusion about her.

‘A mysterious person’.

About a month ago, around the time they crossed the mountain range leading to the imperial capital, Ulan and Noah happened to encounter a group of bandits.
When they had subdued them, Noah spoke up, “We have to stop by the bandits' lair.”

When he asked her why, she told him that there were people being held there.

'So I pretended to be deceived and followed them, but there were indeed people being held.'

And among them, there were also merchants of large upper ranks and as a reward, they received a pouch full of silver coins and also enjoyed a comfortable rest at the hotel provided at the top.

But that's not all.

Other times, she'd go into a foggy forest and find a pouch of silver unexpectedly, or attack an approaching pickpocket disguised as passersby to pre-empt and rob them in reverse.

‘It was as if she already knew what was going to happen.’

This was of course surprising, making him curious.

Ulan's eyes lit up.

'Except…..'

There was one thing bothering him.

Noah was full of secrets.
Her memories before the age of eight, in particular, but there were many other things she kept from him.

He tried to ask her about it a few times out of curiosity, but Noah was always reluctant to answer with a troubled expression.

So he decided not to ask.

There was no malice in the secrets she wanted to keep, and besides, she still had a lot to offer.

‘I have a lot to learn from Noah.’

Noah was very knowledgeable, and Ulan had learned a great deal from her.
The history, culture, and manners of the Ruben Empire – things he hadn't learned from Azuch.

‘So……’

He decided not to put Noah on the spot for the time being.
Maybe she'd tell him one day after they got to know each other, just like Ulan's companions had done in his past life.

Just as he was organizing his thoughts, he felt someone approaching.
It was an elderly gentleman, impeccably dressed in a black suit.

“Mr.
Ulan.”

Count Dermore's butler, Alond.

Every day, he served meals to Ulan and Noah.
He bowed respectfully and revealed the purpose of his visit.


“His Excellency the Count has invited you to dinner tonight.
If it's not too much trouble, would you mind if I escorted you?”

There was no reason to refuse.

Nodding, Ulan immediately rose from his seat.
He followed Alond to where Count Dermore was waiting.

*****

After leaving the training grounds, Ulan came across a familiar face.

“Ah, Ulan.”

It was none other than Noah.

She came over, waving her hand as if she were delighted.
Judging from the direction of her destination, she must have been invited to the Count's meal as well.

Ulan stared at Noah in silence for a moment before speaking up.

“You look like you just woke up.”

“Huh! Uh, how did you know?”

“Your hair's frizzy.”

Ulan pointed to the back of his head.

Noah hurriedly straightened her hair.
Of course, it didn't make the bounciness go away right away.

Some time after that.

They soon arrived at their destination.

“Your Excellency, the Count.
This is Alond.
I brought warrior Ulan and Miss Noah,” With a knock, Alrond spoke politely.

Soon, a low, bass voice answered from the other side of the door, “Show them in.”

“Yes, as you wish.”

Alond gently pushed the door open, and it swung wide open.

Their gaze followed the carpet leading to the dining room.
When they finally arrived, they saw the man in his mid-to-late 40s from three days earlier.

“Welcome.”

Neatly trimmed golden hair and brown eyes resembling soil.
This man with a gentle smile was one of the Empire's great nobles, a mage of the Magic Tower of Earth, and the owner of this manor.

Demuel Ron Dermore.

Commonly known as Count Dermore.

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