e, he arrived at the entrance, and there he saw a familiar face.

“Brother?”

It was Ulan’s brother, Alk Bator.

He looked at Ulan with a confused face.
As if he had guessed that Ulan would secretly leave the village.

“Ulan,” Alk spoke to him, “Have you considered leaving already?”

“Yes, now that the blizzard has stopped,” Ulan said, nodding.

“… To be honest, I still can’t believe it,” While letting out a soft sigh, Alk muttered with a complicated face, “Not even when you told me you were relinquishing your position as Chieftain, but I never thought you’d tell me you were going to the Academy.”

Surprise, confusion, regret, and more.

His eyes flickered like candlelight, showing a variety of emotions, but Ulan’s gaze never wavered.

“It’s because the Trial of a Hero has taught me a lot. There are many things in this world that cannot be solved solely through strength.”

That wasn’t the only reason, though.

Still, when he said this, everyone nods.
Ulan’s attitude changed after he passed the Trial of a Hero.

This was also true of Alk.

“I see.
If that’s your decision, I’ll respect it.
To become a great warrior, you must also be wise.”

After respecting his wishes, Alk’s eyes no longer quivered.

“Then I’ll tell you about Azur’s message.”

The word ‘message’ suggested that Azur had no plans to visit here.
But Ulan didn’t care.

“If it’s a goodbye, I said it yesterday.’

So there’s no need to feel bad.

Ulan bowed his head in silence and listened to Azur’s message that followed.

“The world beyond the grasslands is much different from here.
So always act with caution, and remember that rash killing will come back to haunt you.”

He could roughly guess what she meant.

She was trying to prevent Ulan from injuring or harming people recklessly.
However, it was a rather useless piece of advice for Ulan at this point.

‘I know what you mean.’

In his last life, Ulan spent more than ten years outside the grasslands.

As such, he knows better than most that hurting or killing people will get you in trouble.

“Second, I want you to accompany Noah on the way to the academy.
Since you two are fellow alumni, I hope you get along well.”

“Noah?”

Who was that? Ulan tilted his head.

Just then, there was a rustling in the bushes, followed by the sensation of movement.
A small girl appeared after a while.

“Uh, sorry I’m late!”

Black hair and blue eyes, and white skin that resembles snow.
For some reason, the mysterious girl bowed her head repeatedly.

“I’m sorry, I realized I had more to prepare than I thought just before I was about to leave.”

Alk waved his hand in response to the repeated apologies as if to say, ‘It’s fine, don’t worry about it.’ Then he turned to Ulan again and said, “This child is Noah.
Noah Darshen.
She’s a disciple of Azur from 8 years ago, and from what I’ve heard, he’s quite gifted in the magic.”

“………..”

Ulan narrowed his eyes. Noah.
Noah.
Noah.

It was a name he couldn’t remember no matter how much he thought of it.
He couldn’t remember exactly whether Azur had another disciple in the first place.

So he decided to let it go.

If he can’t remember, it must mean that she’s not a very important person.

“Lastly, Noah is very knowledgeable, so you will learn a lot during your trip.
So, if you have any questions, ask Noah.”

This was good news.

For even if Ulan had wandered far beyond the grasslands in his last life, he still had much to learn.

“This is the end of Azur’s message.
What I’m going to tell you next is personal.
Something I want to tell you.”

“I will listen,” Ulan politely replied.

“First, you are a warrior of the grasslands, wherever you are,” Alk said as he walked over to him, patting him on the right shoulder, “So do not hesitate to act according to your own will and beliefs.”

Identity and pride as a warrior. Don’t lose that, no matter where you are.

“Second.
You are never alone There is me, there is Azur, there are other warriors and there is the clan.
If you ever get into trouble, always call for help.
Because the warriors of the grasslands will rush to you, no matter where you are.”

It was comforting to know he was not alone.
Especially when he was leaving the clan alone.
A faint smile bloomed on Ulan’s lips.

“Finally, don’t forget that this is your home.
You have a place to return to.
You can come back whenever you want.”

Words that make you feel at ease just hearing them.
Each one of them was helpful to Ulan.

Ulan bowed his head in silence.
He meant to keep it in mind.
“Now go,” Alk said as he smiled, clasping Ulan’s hand, “If we meet again, I’ll work hard to show you that I, too, have changed.”

“Yes, please be well,” After exchanging farewell glances, Ulan turned around.

Noah, who had been waiting, followed quickly.
The snow crunched beneath their feet.

The two walked on the snowy field after the blizzard had stopped.

And so Ulan and Noah embarked on their journey.
On a long, long journey to Arsene Academy.

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