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Published at 28th of December 2018 09:36:38 AM

Chapter 17

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Eldrid finally landed after several hours of enjoying himself in front of the great golden city on one side of a vast field . On the other side was a great white hall(1) .

In front of the great hall were a crowd of men and women partying . Beyond them stood a large army prepared for battle .

No men stood on the golden cities side of the field . Despite this, five hundred and forty doors were present, each of them were wide enough to allow an eight hundred man wide stream to exit .

'Dave where do I go in?'

[Pick one, as long as a battle doesn't start . . . ]

As soon as Dave mentioned the word battle, a loud trumpet sounded out and men started pouring out of the golden city .

'I feel that you did this Dave . '

[Nope, but one suggestion: Don't die . ]

'Thanks, that's helpful . '

[Also, don't run away or you won't get anything from these people, I suggest you slaughter people on both sides . ]

'Won't that just make me stand out more?'

[No, it's literally a free for all . Just look at them . ]

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Eldrid looked at the stream of warriors to see that some of them were already dead, having killed each other .

[Old grudges were still able to carry over to the afterlife, as there is eternal slaughter . It's not surprising to see them kill each other . ]

'Fair point . Well, time to get noticed . '

[Wait till later in the . . . ]

Dave was once again cut off by Eldrid, as he charged out into the middle of the battle screaming, "LEEEEEEROYYY JENKINS!!!!" However, something unexpected happened .

A warrior behind him replied with a shout .

"What do you want? I'm kinda bus-URGH!!" The warrior had been skewered mid-sentence by a large brute of a man over seven feet (2 . 2 meters) tall and shoulders 3 feet (1 meter) across .

[You need to change your battle cry . ]

'It appears so . '

The brute turned towards Eldrid .

"HAHA! You're not even in the first soul realm and you wanted to fight a soul palace warrior!!!" He roared with laughter .

"I'm not like you who have already died . "

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This caused the fighting around him to pause, earning him many incredulous glances . Some of the people on the outside of the circle were killed but no one paid them any attention .

"Boy, don't lie to us . No-one has come here alive since the days of old . " A tall and lanky man said .

Eldrid proceeded to send a wave of sword energy at the brute .

The man blocked it with his shield and the strike cut deep into the shield before dissipating back into mana .

"Convinced?" Eldrid asked with a smirk .

"Yes . If you can survive the battle, I'll take you back to the hall to see Odin . "

"Challenge accepted," Eldrid said before roaring and charging back into battle .

Only half of the crowd was left after Eldrid's short conversation . However, those that were still alive rejoined the battle and began their own rampages .

Eldrid let out large area of effect attacks, decimating hordes of the warriors, but still none of them backed down .

"STOP!!!" A powerful voice roared across the battlefield, causing the battle to come to a standstill .

A strong looking old man with white hair was seen, two ravens on his shoulders and an eye patch covering his right eye . He stood with the posture of a king and aura of a warrior as he began to speak .

"You never died, so why have you come here? Why are you meddling with our fight?"

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Eldrid smiled with a relaxed expression on his face and answered casually, "One of your warriors promised me that I could meet you if I survived the battle . "

"Which warrior did?"

Eldrid pointed at the brutish man .

"Ah, so it was Sigurd… I should have guessed as much…" The mighty and broad-shouldered man shook his head as he sighed .

"Very well, come with me young warrior . " The old man began flying away, bringing Eldrid with him . But suddenly, he stopped and began to speak in a deep sage-like voice .

"Young warrior, I have a strong feeling I have met your spirit before . " Odin said with a serious face .

Eldrid blinked once, then on a whim decided to summon his sword, thinking that nothing bad could come out of it . But the moment he did, his action caused Odin to lose his composure as he sucked in a deep breath of air in shock .

"Gram . . . So you have met your wielder's descendant after all . . . " Odin said in a reminiscent tone .

"Wait, MY sword is THE Gram, from the saga?!"

"Young warrior, you are descended from Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, one of the great heroes of your world . "

"How come the sword is a spirit?"

"When your ancestor died, the sword's spirit left its metal shell behind, so that if it ever met a worthy descendant of Sigurd, it would follow them . Young warrior, you managed to show yourself worthy to it . Now, young warrior, tell me your name . "

"I am Eldrid Sverd . "

"Fiery-spirited sword . . . Truly a fitting name . Now what great quest has brought you to my domain?"

"I am here to hunt down a man named Leonard Welser, a necromancer . "

"That's . . . Less heroic than I was expecting . "

Suddenly, Odin turned his head toward a flying fortress that only those who had a domain in the laws of death could see, that is, the 'gods' of the realm . At that moment, each and every one of the 'gods' heard the sound of an ancient voice chanting .

"I take that back . . . However, I know nothing about this necromancer's whereabouts . However, I can aid you by giving you a way to strengthen your body . " The great god of Valhalla smiled kindly and patted Eldrid on the shoulder . At that moment, with his amiable expression, he looked just like an old warrior greeting a dear friend's son .

"That would be greatly appreciated . " Eldrid smiled and nodded in gratitude at Odin's words .

Odin then materialized a scroll and handed it to Eldrid . But before he released Eldrid, a serious expression crossed his face and he gave a stern reminder to the boy .

"Beware of the far reaches of this plane, and don't enter the lower planes . It's far too early for you, even stronger beings reside there . "

At those words, Eldrid looked surprised . It appeared that, despite his great increase in power, he was still not unbeatable .

"Thank you . I shall be on my way then .

Eldrid's figure left the fields of battle and he headed towards the mists of the mid north .