Chapter 122 – He was the former king!
“Finally…I am finally out!”
Elto said happily.
Once I was able to see him up close, I felt that he was rather small for a dragon. He was really just about two heads taller than me. He was close to Erevan in height.
Previously, an earth dragon merchant called Roydon had visited this island.
He had been very big, as you would expect from a dragon. He had been taller than an elephant was and as long as a sailboat.
However, Elto almost looked cute in comparison.
However, Elto… There was something about that name which was familiar.
It was as I pondered on such things, that Elto opened his mouth.
“Phew… Still, to think that someone could tame me… You really are the ‘Cave King.’”
“About that, can you tell me about this other ‘Cave King’ that you knew?”
“I do not know much, as I have only heard of him from others. What I do know, is that he was a king that ruled everything under the ground. Also, many Demon Kings were afraid of his power, and so they never attempted to invade his domain.”
“I see… So that’s why you were afraid about calling yourself the ‘king of the underground’?”
“I-I know that I shouldn’t have done that. However, I hated the ‘Cave King’ for giving the Hero the Sealing Stone! Of course, you are a successor, and I don’t hold a grudge against you!”
I didn’t know the details, but apparently this other Cave King was feared by many. And judging by the fact he had given the Hero a Sealing Stone, he was likely very passionate about digging, just like me.
“By the way, what’s all this about successors?”
“It’s just as it sounds. With certain crests, when the owner dies, someone else who is newly born will inherit their crest.”
“Huh. I didn’t know crests could do that…”
In the first place, there wasn’t a whole lot that humans understood about crests.
The only thing they knew was what effects crests had, and that your blood affected what kind of crest you received.
Elto questioned me with a worried expression.
“So…what do you intend on doing with me?”
“Indeed… Well, what do you want to do?”
“Me? I would very much like to return to being a Demon King and dominate my old lands as a dictator.”
“…That’s not really possible.”
“Oh, I see.”
Elto’s shoulders dropped in disappointment.
I didn’t know how things were in the past. But I’m sure his homeland was populated and already being ruled by someone else now.
If he returned, it would likely result in bloodshed.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t like war.”
“I am not fond of it myself. However, it is as you say. If I return, it will likely result in it.”
“Do any humans live in your homelands?”
“No, they are creatures that look just like me. Dragons. I used to be their king.”
Elto’s words reminded me of something.
When Roydon had visited this island.
His homeland was the Elto Continent.
Elto looked puzzled when he saw a look of realization cross my face.
“What? What happened?”
“Elto. What’s the name of your homeland?”
“Well, it was my land, so of course it would be called the Elto Continent.”
“I knew it.”
“Hmm? Do you know about my homeland?”
“I do. An earth dragon merchant from there visited us. And that’s when I heard about it.”
“What! So it still bears my name!? And what is it like now?”
Elto’s eyes shone as he asked me.
I didn’t know how to reply.
According to Roydon, the Elto Continent was currently ravaged by warring dragons, and there were hardly any plants to be seen.
That being said, Roydon would probably return… And it didn’t seem right to keep this information from him.