Chapter 6 (v2)
I wonder how long I’ve walked.
Gozman Empire’s first prince, Harold, wonders while drinking water from a leather drinking sack.
Since the cave is illuminated by the magic stones planted in the wall, the cave isn’t entirely dark. However, even so, the end of the tunnel could not be seen.
Inside the never-ending cave, Harold continues to think while walking.
If he succeeds, he will be one step closer to becoming emperor. He only has to endure this trial, but it might take half a day just to reach the inner sections of the shrine.
Harold continues to walk, all while dreaming about his coronation. In fact, he has been dreaming about this event from a long time ago.
All he needs to do now is visit the Guardian Dragon God of Sloth to get his blessings. Then once he leaves safely, he will become the new emperor.
He was relieved that he wouldn’t have to face a monster or something else ridiculous. All he needs to do is move forward without “changing history”. Was this a clue to pass the trial?
“I see… so this is the test.”
As Harold continues to advance without fear, even though an end cannot be seen, he continues to move.
Will he have to continue walking? Is there even an end? When Harold begins to ask himself these questions the road somehow changed.
“What is this?”
Harold shakes his head to get rid of all the depressing thoughts.
“Calm down. Just continue moving. The path is straight ahead. Father had said that there’s only one path.”
As he tries to move forward, his feet begin to feel as heavy as giant boulders. It won’t leave the ground.
“What is this?”
Harold’s feet grow heavier with each step. Is this his limit? No, Harold had received magic training, so he is able to use some body enhancement spells. Thus, he continues forward.
Harold is surprised. Was that me? Is that what I’m thinking?
How can he think that it is troublesome to continue moving?
As the future ruler of the Assurado people,
Since Assurado people values diligence so highly and for Harold to rule such a nation, it would be extremely inappropriate for him to think of simply moving forward to be a hassle.
He desperately tries to continue walking, but he slows down with each step.
Just give up… It’s useless.
It would be good to sit down and lie on the floor.
Just give up.
Don’t think. Just spend your days leisurely.
Harold punched the wall with his full power. His body-enhanced fist sinks down into the rock wall. The blood and pain returns his sanity.
“Haha… I see… This is the test… No wonder father said that the enemy is myself.”
Harold keeps dragging his heavy feet as he moves on.
If you began to have lazy thoughts in the shine, you will eventually stop doing anything and become stupid. And once you stopped walking, you would die.
Now Harold needs to walk to change his fate.
If you’re lazy, just sit. If it’s troublesome, then forget it. If you’re tired, then sit or lie down. Just sleep and forget all the troublesome things.
This is the God of Sloth’s trial. If you fall into laziness, it would be troublesome just to keep living.
“Is this what father meant when he said I must continue the legacy? I can’t stop here.”
Diligently moving forward. This is the only way to survive in the shrine. It is the motto that leads all who live in the Assurado continent.
“I will become the emperor of the Gozman empire, of the Assurado continent that never gives up. Diligence is our motto. I can’t stop here.” Harold clenches his teeth and continues walking.
There is a sword sticking out of the wall. It is no ordinary sword. It is the Gozman empire’s royal sword that was lost decades ago.
“Why is the sword here?”
Suddenly Harold remembers his father’s words.
“Father.” Harold gives a wry smile.
“Perhaps father brought the royal sword along while attempting the coronation trial. He had to leave it here in order to keep moving forward.”
Seeing the sword, Harold continues moving. After more than a half day of walking, Harold finally arrives.
“Welcome young emperor.”
Sitting on an elevated throne, with three pairs of jet-black wings was the imposing sight of the Guardian Dragon God of Sloth.