Episode 30/Chapter 3: The knights of the round table (3)
“That’s what I’m saying. I met the five of them today. They were all good kids.”
Idun started speaking with a really excited face while sitting next to Tae Ho on the wide boulder. He could only see her lips because of the eye cover that was more like a mask but Idun could make quite a lot of expressions with just her pink lips.
Tae Ho felt like he was looking at a bird that was chirping so he started to concentrate more on Idun rather than her story.
“But still Tae Ho, you went too far. Heda was really troubled because the expectations of the warriors were too big.”
She could somewhat evade the answer when they were going to the residence but when they arrived they only found Heda as a Valkyrie. Excluding Tae Ho, the only warrior that stayed in the residence, the five could not avoid noticing that they were the only ones there.
Tae Ho answered boldly at Idun’s voice.
“Ey, weren’t their expectations fulfilled? They were greeted by Heda and even met Idun-nim. I didn’t lie up to that point. I was a bit subjective.”
And a little excessive?
“You do speak well.”
Idun giggled. She tilted her head and looked up at Tae Ho for a moment and then asked with a friendly voice.
“My warrior Tae Ho, did you listen about picking a new Valkyrie from Adenmaha?”
“Yes, I heard that Heda proposed it to her.”
If the commander was someone that commanded the warriors of a legion, then the representative Valkyrie of a legion led the Valkyries in a certain legion.
The need of a new Valkyrie wasn’t that noticeable as Tae Ho was the only warrior, but Heda was in charge of selecting new Valkyries and training them as she was the representative of Idun’s legion.
“New warriors will increase so we will also need new Valkyries. All of these things haven’t happened in a long while, so it’s quite enjoyable.”
He could feel just how happy she was with her lips, voice and even her small movements.
Tae Ho looked at that Idun and felt that it was regrettable. Because the more warriors entered, the time he would be able to face Idun also got shorter. Perhaps, it may also be true for Heda.
Was this the feeling you got when you get new siblings?
As Tae Ho smiled bitterly, Idun placed her hand on top of Tae Ho’s and said.
“You are special Tae Ho. How will you be the same as them?”
Idun was looking at him as if she already knew what he was thinking about. Tae Ho got happy but also bewildered.
“Can you show that much favoritism?”
“I can. Why wouldn’t I be able to?”
Idun answered rather shamelessly and smiled brightly. No matter how many warriors entered the legion, the one Idun would favor the most would still be Tae Ho.
“Now that I see, Heda was asking. A Valkyrie more beautiful than a G.o.ddess. Just who were you talking about?”
Tae Ho couldn’t see her eyes because it was being covered by the eye bandage but he felt like she would be putting really sharp and expecting eyes.
Tae Ho answered immediately.
“Of course it’s Freya.”
Idun seemed to be really happy that Tae Ho said Heda was more beautiful than Freya, perhaps because she had had a little confrontation with her.
Idun snorted for a moment as if she was imitatin
g Adenmaha and then looked up at Tae Ho and asked like a surprise.
“Then Tae Ho, what if you compare Heda and me? I’m also a G.o.ddess.”
Tae Ho couldn’t answer immediately. As Idun saw his hesitation on his face, she put away the hands that were on top of Tae Ho’s and pouted.
“So that’s the case. Tae Ho was certainly a warrior of Heda. That was the case.”
Rather than imitating Heda, it seemed to be her own words.
As Tae Ho started to drip cold sweat, Idun giggled like always and then shook her head.
“I’m joking, a joke.”
Until what part and up to where was a joke?
“Good times always pa.s.s by the fastest.”
Idun took a deep breath and then stood up. She placed her hands on Tae Ho’s shoulders and said gently.
“My warrior Tae Ho, I will be waiting for the day you return to the residence safely.”
Tae Ho closed his eyes after getting up and Idun placed her lips on Tae Ho’s forehead.
“Let my blessing accompany you.”
A warm golden light wrapped up Tae Ho.
The biggest advantage with the flying ship was that you could ignore the terrain and fly, but being able to operate it day and night was also a strong point you couldn’t exclude.
Excluding Rasgrid, who was tired from operating the ship all night, all the other Valkyries and intermediate ranked warriors were gathered at Tae Ho’s room. As the cabins were small in the first place and there were too many members, everyone’s shoulders were touching each other.
“The reaction of the soul fragment is becoming stronger. It seems like it really is the mountain ranges of Katon.”
Ingrid said with her usual sincere face. Merlin pointed at the surroundings with a cubic light and said.
“There are already quite a lot of fomoires gathered. Looking at the flow of magic power, they are preparing to operate the gate.”
Looking at the number of fomoires gathered in the mountain ranges of Katon, it seemed like they weren’t able to operate the gate yet, so they had arrived just in time.
“So the fomoires have the soul fragment?”
“They may have a beast that has transformed with it or are holding it to gift it to the giants. But the latter is probable, right?”
Because there was no way the fomoires and the beast would look at each other in a friendly light.
Harabal nodded as Gandur answered at Siri’s question.
“Good, whatever the case we just have to sweep up the both of them. It’s good as its simple.”
They just had to charge towards them and sweep them up. Although it was a really crude and simple way, it was really the way of Valhalla.
Reginleif smiled bitterly as if there was nothing to do about it and spoke to Tae Ho.
“Commander, our exact objective is to destroy the gate and stop the fomoires from escaping, and also retrieving the fragment of Garmr’s soul.”
It was more systemized but in the end it was similar to what Harabal had said.
“Merlin, is it possible to destroy the gate?”
The gate of the Tuatha De Danann wasn’t showing up above ground. It was inside the huge fortress that was dug underground just like the kingdom of the dwarves, Nidavellir.
The size of the fortress was so huge it wasn’t excessive to say that an entire mountain was used for it and it was as complicated as an ant tunnel.
Merlin frowned at Tae Ho’s question and answered.
“It won’t even budge if you touch the surface as it is a really huge gate. But if you destroy the core you will be able to stop them from operating it.”
As Merlin moved his hand, one of the mountain molds made of light got amplified and then a complicated structure showed up. It was a map made based on Merlin’s memories.
The core of the gate was located in the deepest cave of the fortress. It was right next to the huge gate that was installed in the floor.
“If the fomoires are planning to gift Garmr’s soul fragment to the giants, the possibilities of it being on that place would be the highest as it the place with the tightest security.”
“If we approach a little more I will be able to amplify the location.”
Ingrid answered at Bracky’s words and then she turned to look at Tae Ho.
“Commander, if we move at the current speed a battle will occur in two hours. I hope you can choose the strategy for this battle.”
How they would fight there.
Everyone turned to look at Tae Ho. Tae Ho looked at the mold for a moment and then crossed his arms and said.
“Let’s go the Valhalla way.”
Just what was the Valhalla way?
Everyone could understand it excluding Merlin.
“Th, I can’t sense my lower body!”
“It’s thrilling! It’s always something new!”
Rains of steel fell down the sky. There were a total of three steel structures and they were the ones that were used in the battle in Kalliv’s castle.
They had sent back almost all of the steel structures back to Valhalla along the warriors, but Tae Ho had taken some just in case. Even if it looked harsh, it was worth having carried it.
The flying pirate ship and Scuabtuinne increased their speed in between the steel structures that were drawing a triangle. The speed was similar to the rains of steel but compared to the steel structures, there wasn’t anything to fix yourself to so the suffering was much bigger. The members that rode on Scuabtuinne, that didn’t even have a roof, screamed as if they were riding on a Black flash.
And in front of them, a red dragon charged. Tae Ho and the intermediate ranked warriors, that could be called as the key to this battle, were riding on Rolo that had transformed into Shooting star, the owner of flames.
“Amazing Tae Ho!”
Bracky yelled sincerely. Siri gritted her teeth and closed her eyes and Harabal seemed like he would die at any moment because of his blue face.
Tae Ho and Rolo looked at the ground while sharing their senses. Tae Ho thought of the trauma generated when he rode on a Black flash but he could somewhat maintain himself calmly thanks to Rolo who enjoyed the thrill.
Tae Ho counted the numbers while looking at the ground that seemed like it would smash them at an amazing speed. He looked at the words covering the mountain range of Katon with the ‘eyes of the dragon’.
The cry that was like a scream was heard in several places of the mountain. The flying type fomoires surged up but they couldn’t do anything about the Rains of steel that were descending with an incredible speed.
Tae Ho chose the slope to descend on that was a bit higher than the entrance of the fortress. The reason was too clear.
Bang! Bang! Bang!
The Rains of steel hit the ground. Rolo flew up before clashing against the ground and flew up the dust cloud, and Tae Ho extended a summoning rock and yelled.
“McLaren! I choose you!” (Ed note: Brock chose Onyx!