probably because they were in the role of villains according to the scenario, and because I didn’t personally consider them as good on top of that…

 

  “Is there a sibling here that goes under the name of Ren and Ron?”

 

  The dryad girl pointed at a cage in response to my words.
As for this girl… I should probably entrust her to Yuel.

 

  I walked up to the cage that the girl pointed at and inside were kids that appeared to be about 9 years of age who were crouching down while vigilantly looking at me. 

 

  “Wait… they’re a lot smaller than I thought.”

 

  Wolf siblings, Ren and Ron.

 

  Unlike most demi-humans who usually awakened into one after birth, beastmen tended to awaken at birth.
Because of that, it was common for them to be killed or sold at an extremely young age but…

 

  This was strange, wasn’t it? When I saw them in the last iteration, they looked like they were about 20 years old, which was twice the age implied by their current appearance.

 

  I did hear stories about how beastmen had physical growth that accompanied mental growth but… weren’t they still just way too young?

 

  “Hi guys?”

 

  “Hiik…!”

 

  “D, don’t hit my brother…!”

 

  The girl shouted while trying to protect her younger brother.
She was probably the older sister Ren but…

 

  『I will kill you, you bastard…!』

 

  She had a very different atmosphere from the one she had in the last iteration.
She was uhh… a very big lady in a lot of ways with a husky voice… Was this little girl going to grow that much in just one year?

 

  Ren and Ron used to be villains working under the Old Faith in the last iteration.
In an attempt to control the public perception, the extreme demi-human discriminators and the fundamentalists used the wolfmen slaves to commit all sorts of ruthless acts, which even resulted in a political stand-off of the 1st Princess and the 2nd Princess.

 

  Looking back at it now, it used to be a lot of work.

 

  Originally, the wolf siblings were supposed to be sold to the Old Faith through the Black Star Group.
They were powerful werewolves and difficult foes to fight against, and were both killed by Park Sihu in the last iteration.

 

  What I did now was save these unfortunate kids who would later grow to be an evil mid-boss.

 

  “A bit different from what I thought but… let’s go guys.”

 

  I carefully reached out to them but the sharp claws of the girl slapped my hand away.

 

  “G, go away! Leave us alone!”


 

  “N, noona…”

 

  Because of all the things that adults had done to them, their wariness was on a different level.
I couldn’t leave them like this though, so… I took out a jerky from my pocket.

 

  “Do you want some snacks?”

 

  “I’m not a kid!”

 

  It backfired.
Did she not like jerkies?

 

  “Guys.
Let’s just quietly all leave.”

 

  “Leave us alone! Just let us go…!”

 

  Ren tried to strike the bars of the cage with her fist in a fit.
It seemed that she was trying to be as intimidating as possible but her hand was the only thing that was going to be injured.

 

  “Huu…”

 

  I snatched her hand by the wrist.

 

  “You’ll just hurt your body.”

 

  “L, let go!”

 

  “It’s okay.
No one is going to hit you anymore.
You guys are now safe.”

 

  “Ah…”

 

  When I tapped her on her back to relieve her, she slowly stopped writhing her body in fury.
These children who always suffered from the persecution of adults instead of their protection were always vigilant of their surroundings.

 

  It was a very sad thing to see.

 

  “What are your names?”

 

  “Ron… My name is Ron.”

 

  “…Ren.”

 

  Ron, who was anxiously gazing at me, replied first which was followed by Ren, who was in my arms.

 

  “I see.
My name is Korin.
Korin Lork.”

 

  “…Are you a Mister Knight?”

 

  “Yes.”

 

  I could feel Ren immediately turning energyless when I continued tapping her back.
Her constant wariness to protect her younger brother must have taken an immense toll on her mind.
As soon as she felt slightly relieved, she fainted into a deep sleep.

 

  “…”

 

  Did I really have to put these kids into my guardians guild?

 

  The ones I was thinking of were the mid-bosses Ren and Ron, and not these kids.
I was going to use their specialties to deal with the fundamentalists and the ‘Spiritualist’ but…

 

  “What are you going to do now, boss?”

 

  A leisurely voice echoed from behind.
The lady wearing a waitress uniform was the one who was harassed by me at the bar… or rather, someone that was pretending to be harassed.

 

  Renya the waitress.

 

  Even though she looked like a normal waitress of a backstreet bar, she was in fact an executive of the intelligence guild.

 

  “Take them to my inn.
And give them some food.”

 

  “Were you a philanthropist?”

 

  “Think of it as you wish.”

 

  I received a great amount of help from Renya when looking for the organizational structure of the Black Star Group and the location of their underground storage.
She was a great person to have a dry business relationship with just like Dorron, and it was therefore possible for me to be fairly carefree with her.

 

  “Huu~.”

 

  Thoughts muddled my brain because I unexpectedly came across these young kids. 


 

  Ehew.
All in all, I did something good so I guess it was still worth it.

 

  ****

 

  On the eastern side of Merkarva City in one of the platform villages, a foreign beast landed on the landing zone of flying animals.

 

  The animal had a red beak and strangely enough, it only had one leg but it didn’t give off the feeling that it had a disability since it had an exceptional sense of balance.
Instead, its fluttering eight-colored wings gave its onlookers an auspicious sensation. 

 

  It was called Shangyang in the east and was a bird that could only be mounted by the higher-ups of the society.

 

  “Hello sir.
You must be from the east.
Can I please have a look at your ID?”

 

  The man wearing an eastern clothing touched his long beard in silence after getting off the Shangyang, and the boy and girl that dismounted with him soon took out a golden plaque.

 

  It was a plaque with the emblem of a falcon and was the most well-known emblem of the east in this continent.

 

  “I see you’re from the Purple Hawk Academy!”

 

  “Yes, that is the case.
I am Senior Professor Kang Ryun.
They are my disciples.”

 

  “I am the student council president, Kang Yuhua.”

 

  “Jinhyuk is my name~.
Nice to meet you.”

 

  Since they were already informed of the guests from the east, the landing zone staff immediately led them to a carriage.

 

  “We at the El Rath Kingdom welcome you for your visit.
We have the carriage prepared right here so please follow me.”

 

  Following the staff, the three got on the prepared carriage.
Carriages were supposed to transport dozens of people at once but this specific one had fewer seats and had fancy decorations inside, as if it was for VIPs only.

 

  “Weow~! The reception is quite good.”

 

  “Hyuk.
Master hasn’t even taken his seat yet.”

 

  Jinhyuk nonchalantly sat down on one of the seats which earned a reprimand from Kang Yuhua.
Even though her sword was still inside the scabbard, the viscosity of her qi was enough to pressure Jinhyuk.

 

  “Whoa whoa~.
Big Sister.
You know I’m not good at fighting.”

 

  “…Haa.
Is that something a Grade 1 Knight is supposed to say?”

 

  “Certainly can to you, Big Sister.”

 

  “Stop.
Cut the idle talk.”

 

  The middle-aged professor made his disciples shut up with one sentence and gracefully sat down on his seat.
He was sitting with a straight back that seemed to be showcasing the rigidness of his personality.

 

  “By the way, master.”

 

  Kang Ryun closed his eyes as if trying to have some time for meditation but Jinhyuk spoke to him.

 

  “Is it certain? Is that bitch really here?”

 

  “…”

 

  Yuhua didn’t reproach him this time because she too was here because of the same reason as Jinhyuk.

 

  “Yes.
It is certain that the Chairman of this Academy has taken her.
His Majesty guaranteed it.”

 

  “…”

 

  “…”

 

  The two people turned silent in response.
Even though it was a chilling silence, their eyes were burning with fury so Kang Ryun looked at his disciples and clicked his tongue.

 

  “How can you achieve anything big if you cannot even hide your hostility?”

 

  “It doesn’t matter.
As long as I can beat up that fucking bitch.”

 

  “Hyuk’s very crude with his tongue but… I can’t leave Hua, that wicked thing, alone either.
Thinking of how Ran is still locked inside her, I… Master… No.
Uncle.
Is there really a way to save Ran before the end of the festival?”

 

  “Of course.
Yuhua.
I want to save my niece just as much as you.”

 

  Listening to their conversation, Jinhyuk quietly opened the lid of the drink bottle next to him.
Unlike those two people who were acquainted with the person in question, he had a different purpose.

 

  As the sole survivor of the pandemonium of the burning Moonlight Castle, revenge was the only thing in the mind of the boy.

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