Chapter 405 – Dream (1)
Hiyan stood in front of the World Tree.
The Water Spirit King, whom she thought was the solution to everything, eventually said the World Tree couldn’t be saved.
However, she had expected it to some extent.
It was because the other Spirit Kings were also quite skeptical.
The problem was that there was no way around it.
Should she just watch the World Tree die?
‘This is life.’
Before Rebecca lost consciousness, she said that she might be able to solve the problem with the World Tree.
The root of the World Tree.
To be more specific, the World Tree was a being with roots everywhere, so it was a given that if they understood the root of the tree, they would be able to solve the problem.
However, no matter how much she thought about it, she couldn’t understand the meaning behind those words.
The records of the High Elves didn’t say anything about it.
It was because the roots of the World Tree existed before them.
Its history was longer than the time of the Nature Gods, so how could the High Elves know?
“You seem to be in deep thought.”
Hasyath came up to her side and asked.
“I need to find an answer, but I cannot seem to find it.”
“I think it is best to request support from the Black Tower this time.”
“I know that you don’t like to bring in outsiders to this place.
But this is too much.
It is out of the elves’ hands.
Are you just going to watch this place perish?”
“I fear that they will contaminate the sacred tree.”
The High Elves also belonged to the Black Tower, but their essence was closer to chaos.
And right now, unless they needed power, they didn’t want to bring them close to the World Tree.
It was because the World Tree was vulnerable to magi.
There wasn’t also a guarantee that they could help the World Tree.
Rather, they might pollute the place, and the situation might turn serious.
It was a matter of losing more than gaining something from it, so Hiyan was cautious.
“Do you see another way?”
“Anyway, if the future is already worse, I think you should choose the lesser evil.
The fate of the world is at stake now.
Even if you are the manager of the World Tree, you should be aware that this is no longer a problem limited to the High Elves.”
He wasn’t wrong, so Hiyan couldn’t say anything.
She was wondering if there was any other way to solve the problem.
At least the Black Tower could help them with something, and that would ease her worries.
Hiyan left, saying that she would think about it more.
It wasn’t like the World Tree would perish overnight, so wasting a day or two wouldn’t change the result.
Hasyath sighed and looked at the World Tree.
“The fate of the world rests on a single tree.”
He had always thought that the world would end only when the Sun Church and the Black Tower collided.
At least the continent would be wiped out then, but this was a crisis that he didn’t even expect.
Hasyath looked at the World Tree for a while, as if he were looking for an answer.
Sarah had returned to her room, and she looked at the sphere of light floating out the window.
As night fell, the sphere began to give off a yellow light, which was similar to the atmosphere of nighttime.
Due to the size of the World Tree, without this sphere, it would always be night in this place.
However, it was quite strange that one could identify between night and day with the help of this sphere.
But Sarah wasn’t in a relaxed state right now to appreciate all of that.
“If the World Tree dies…”
Beyond the sphere of light, the World Tree looked dark.
If it dies, so will the world.
Was her brother aware of it?
She didn’t know, but somehow she felt like he knew.
Still, she couldn’t tell if he was being considerate of others or if he was just not interested at all.
“I can’t do anything here.”
She was still powerless.
Why did she even come to this place?
Sarah couldn’t stop sighing.
It was just depressing.
She was able to help a little in the Rotomo Strait.
“Still, is there anything I can do here?”
Before Rebecca fell unconscious, she spoke about a way out.
Sarah didn’t understand what it was, but with the amazing people gathered in this place, they could get an answer.
Other than believing that, there was nothing else she could do now.
‘There is no progress in my sword…’
She laid down in bed, sighing.
She had a lot of thoughts, so she didn’t think she would be able to fall asleep soon.
Then she began to empty her mind and soon closed her eyes.
[Come over here.]
“Who are you?”
A voice of someone calling.
Sarah walked in the direction of the voice in this empty place.
But the voice seemed to come from all directions, making it difficult for her to know where it was coming from.
[I was waiting for you.]
“Who are you?”
Despite asking, she never got an answer.
It just repeated the same words over and over again.
Sarah stopped walking.
The voice rang continuously.
Even when she covered her ears, the voice wouldn’t stop, as if it were ringing in her head.
[This is something only you can do.]
“What do you even mean? That only I can do? Explain…”
[You are the only one who can save it.]
“What can I…”
Sarah was already annoyed with the voice coming from all directions, so she jumped to try and fight it, but the voice said,
[Go to the World Tree.]
The dream ended there.
Sara opened her eyes and lifted her upper body.
She gasped and looked at her hands.
She noticed that her palms were drenched in a cold sweat.
It wasn’t just her palms.
“I am soaked all over.”
Her hair, clothes, and even the blankets.
She was sweating so much that the bed was also wet.
Sara pulled the covers off and got out of bed.
She remembered the dream she just had.
“Go to the World Tree?”
Usually, when she would have a dream, she would never remember what it was after she woke up.
When she would have an interesting dream, she would try to remember it, but somehow she would always forget.
But not this time.
“What is it?”
It felt too vivid to just think of it as some kind of dream.
It was like it really happened.
The voice in the dream sounded so beautiful, yet it also made her afraid.
It may have been that the space in her dream was a pure white space with nothing, so her fear heightened, but honestly, she didn’t want to experience it again.
Sara went to the window in a confused state.
Seeing the sphere of light change, it seemed like it was past dawn.
It was a very short dream, yet an entire night had already passed.
‘I wonder if I should tell the others.’
Normally, she would have just laughed it off, but she had never had a dream as vivid as this.
Also, the words ‘Go to the World Tree’ bothered her.
If she hadn’t heard those words, she would have just passed it off as a bad dream, but those words wouldn’t leave her mind.
If the answer wasn’t clear when she thought of it alone, it may become clear when she shares it with everyone.
Even if she doesn’t get anything special out of it, she would feel comfortable.
Sara decided to tell the grown-ups a little later at mealtime.
The High Elves were responsible for the meals.
Most of them were grass,1 and the High Elves weren’t a meat-eating race, so there was only a small amount of meat in them.
Of course, it wasn’t enough to satisfy the Ran warriors.
“Isn’t that too little?”
“I feel the same way.”
Mero and Gen looked at the table and sighed.
The Ran warriors consumed an average of more than 3,000 calories per meal.
And they tend to eat around 10,000 calories a day.
And looking at this grass diet, it felt like 500 calories would be a generous number.
“Are they going to starve us to death? It would be better for us to hunt.”
“I wish we could do that.”
The forest around the World Tree was under the management of the High Elves.
So without their permission, one couldn’t hunt around the area.
To be honest, they wondered if they should still ask for permission since they are Ran warriors, but since they were allies, they didn’t do it.
It would be their own loss if they acted recklessly and embarrassed their High King.
Mero cursed as he chewed on the grass.
Then he turned to Sarah, who was eating and drinking on the other side, and asked,
“Why do you look like that?”
“Is something wrong? You look very serious.”
“Is that so?”
Sarah tried to cover it up.
Unknowingly, it seemed like her emotions were evident on her face.
“Do not trouble yourself by thinking about it alone, and speak up if you can.
That will make you comfortable.”
“That… it is nothing.”
Sarah told the two of them about the dream she had, and they listened to her more than she had expected.
When she was done talking, Mero looked dumbfounded, while Gen’s face only changed a little, so she didn’t know what they were thinking.
Mero spoke first.
“It doesn’t seem like a normal dream.”
Gen put his fork down and crossed his arms, which made his muscles look huge.
It looked so awkward, but no one mentioned it.
He looked at Sarah, making her flinch.
It was a scary expression.
Gen, you are scaring the child.”
I was lost in thought.”
When Mero pointed it out, Gen tried to look like his usual self.
It was so funny that even Sarah ended up smiling.
To look scary without even realizing it.
Sarah shook her head, and Gen cleared his throat.
It doesn’t seem like an ordinary dream.
Let’s talk to the High King.”
“You think so too?”
“I am quite suspicious about the mention of the World Tree.”
Mero also said so.
Although the content of the dream wasn’t clear, it could be considered a dream where the World Tree was the main point.
They cleaned up the table and went to where Hasyath stayed.
Gen took the lead and called for Hasyath.
They were given permission, and the three went inside.
Hasyath, who was drinking tea, was a bit taken aback to see them.
“What is it?”
“Sarah has something to say.”
Hasyath turned to her.
“What is it?”
“I thought I should tell you about the dream I had today.”
Hearing that she was talking about a dream out of nowhere, Hasyath furrowed his eyebrows.
He knew she was a child, but did she have to come here to speak of a dream she had? Just like any normal kid would do?
With two Ran warriors?
But since they had already come here, he decided to listen.
Once Sarah told him about her dream, Hasyath got up from his seat.
“As I thought.”
The conversation with Hiyan made sense now.
TL/N: It’s not literal grass.
It just means they like green things. ↩️
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