Dragon City, which had been forcibly renamed by Louie, became quiet. The civilians who had yet to escape had deathly expressions, and after hearing Louie’s announcement, they clutched their valuables in fear and consternation.
In this eerie silence, the children’s cries were clear. Parents quickly covered the children’s mouths, shivering for fear of attracting attention.
Some of the mercenaries in the city were also at a loss. They did not know if they should leave or continue to stay.
These battle-hardened mercenaries were bold people. If they heard such words in other places, they would definitely ignore them and prioritize their own safety first, but when the speaker was a demigod dragon, even they had to be careful.
On the contrary, the quickest reaction came from the soldiers guarding the city. They were not elites, and the soldiers led by the Holy Iris Knight Commander were killed cleanly by Louie earlier.
These soldiers had received instructions from the archbishop to evacuate the city. There was not much resistance in their minds, so they dared not escape after hearing Louie’s words.
Dragon City’s prior name of ‘Central City’ was not chosen at random. It was the most important route for many races. To the south was the land of the elves, east was the United Nations of beastmen and humans. To the west were the Empire and the Theocracy. No matter which direction one went, the nearest cities were all equidistant from Dragon City. The roads were also filled with danger, and weaklings would be at great risk of dying in the nearby mountains and forests.
In the past, Dragon City was occupied by the Theocracy and a group of elite soldiers. In addition to the magical barrier and naturally defensible terrain, it was difficult to take the city.
Any force planning a major expedition against the city would be noticed by the Theocracy’s information network quite quickly. It could then send military reinforcements in advance. Using a small-scale force on the other hand meant taking the city became much more difficult.
In a way, Central City was well-fortified. With a legendary rank protector, unless a full-scale war occurred on the main continent, this place was quite safe.
However, the Theocracy could never have imagined that a demigod primordial dragon would pop out of nowhere and tear its defenses apart like paper. It didn’t even take an hour before it took the city, and perhaps the Theocracy had yet to even receive news of its seizing.
If it were just a primordial dragon, the Theocracy would not hesitate to pay the price of retaking the city. If it were a demigod, then it would still bite the bullet and drive it away. But a demigod primordial dragon? The Theocracy would definitely have to think long and hard about its reaction to it.
Even if they could defeat this dragon, the Theocracy would likely exhaust itself completely For a power that was in a supreme position, this would be a stupid decision. Furthermore, let alone the non-human races, the neighboring Empire would devour it soon after.
Now, Louie did not know this much. He just hovered over the city and saw that most people had followed his instructions out of fear. Some soldiers even began to drive back citizens into their burnt homes. He nodded in satisfaction at this sight.
It was already too late to regret. Since the city had been partly destroyed, Louie had to preserve the other part as much as possible.
‘But not everything is bad news. Now that I have shown my strength, the other countries and forces in this world will think carefully before looking for trouble.’
Louie consoled himself. He had not yet used up all the power in the godhood. He still had a trump card, and so he had nothing to fear. He now needed time, so that he could grow up.
As long as he followed the words of the intelligent brain, found enough energy to become complete, and picked up the remaining fragments of divine power, he could definitely see himself becoming an immortal god.
Naturally, this was something he had to consider afterward. Now, he had to think of a way to get a foothold in this world.
As his wings spread once more, Louie flew back to the church-palace at the very top of the city. His body once again shrank as he withdrew the precious divine power. Until he found a way to replenish it, he would use it sparingly and only when necessary.
Louie reverted to his initial appearance as a baby dragon and entered the palace. As he looked at the opulent palace with extreme satisfaction, he thought of making this place into his lair for a long time to come.
Suddenly, Louie’s dragon instincts erupted as he smelled the scent of treasure.
With bubbling excitement, he followed his feeling to the back of the chapel. He quickly found the entrance to the basement and discovered the treasures within. Perhaps this was one of a dragon’s talents.
‘Babies, here I come.’
Whether as a dragon or as a human, treasures were always attractive, and Louie had a great enthusiasm for his spoils of war.