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Green Skin Chapter 96
Green Skin – Chapter 96: To the East
We were leaving the Green Goblin Clan… It was neither that long nor that short a time that we had stayed here, but the lingering sentiments were intense, all the same.
Even though he had not expressed it a lot, Green Goblin really liked me. So much so that he would forever leave the tent I lived in untouched as a reminder of my stay. This will probably last as long as another clan does not enter into guardianship under him. In addition to this, it also seems a Blood Dagger flag will be left raised high within their village for a while as well.
It wasn’t only I who appreciated the hospitality; the other Green Skins also acknowledged their senior comrades by saluting with their hands on their chest.
The time we had spent here was extensive, but it only took a moment for us to depart. Feeling a presence waiting outside the village, I looked over and noticed Black Spear waiting for me.
“You’ve really worked hard all this time, Brother.”
“Thank you, Black Spear.”
Black Spear has already decided to accompany me. No, it was implicitly determined that we would move together as brethren clans from the outset.
“But are you really fine with leaving behind your village here in the West…”
“Since I can leave this village for the new Green Skins to manage and depart together with a new brother, it’s not that regrettable.”
“It’s an answer only you would say.”
It was certainly a warm welcome to have Black Spear with me on this journey. But there was a problem. I swung my gaze around and began to glance towards the Goblin who was standing awkwardly beside us.
She was a Goblin Shaman who was standing with a staff larger than her body.
In short, she was the female Goblin who had followed Black Spear.
It was the new Green Skins who had chosen Black Spear Clan to be their protectors for the next three years. In other words, she was a newbie that had just passed the Patriarch’s Exam.
It was a bit awkward seeing her looking around slightly dumbfounded. It was understandable, as it has only been a few months since she arrived at Black Spear’s village, and now they were moving again causing her to be somewhat worried.
No, rather than that, it was certain that she didn’t like our clan. Black Spear, also feeling the heated gaze from Little Finger, coughed dryly as he spoke.
“Hmph…Hmph…but will it be okay if the Little Finger Clan were to venture out together…”
To be honest, I felt uncomfortable. I wasn’t eager to take responsibility for such baggage, to spend valuable time and resources, but I couldn’t help it. Little Finger looked at me after hearing Black Spear’s words, conscious of my presence.
“Of course they are welcomed.”
Little Finger’s face brightened and she soon rushed off to her own unblooded clan members, who numbered about thirty, to relay the joyful news. Spotting them clustered up like that, I began to subconsciously think of my past.
It wouldn’t be bad to have such cute little guys with us.
Our group had decided to travel off to the East. Of course, the East, North, or South were all fine choices, but in the present situation, it was the only option.
Our priority was to become stronger, but also to exact vengeance.
If I remember correctly, there was not much time left before a small city in the east will be completely destroyed.
The small city of Somorah.
It was a slaver city which trafficked in both Human and Green Skin slaves. To be precise, they weren’t simply titled as a Slave city. It was a city that had all sorts of human garbage converging around it, a town for corrupt human beings to vent their greed and desires. To say it once more, it was a city of people no different from murderers.
The city was managed by the Black Thorn Guild, and the guild master was Yoon Jungsoo.
I could not say that their forces are strong, but I remembered that they were people of sufficient ability. Due to the alliances, treaties with various clans and guilds, their influence outmatched their size.
From before, I lacked intel, but now I was able to access quite a lot of information.
The Spider and Hound Clans.
Both had their hideouts located in the East.
It was a simple guess, but I felt that there might be a relationship between the city and the two Murderer clans. Yoon Jungsoo may not be classified as a criminal, but he’s definitely trash, and those who managed Somorah with him were likewise trash. If my assumption is correct, then the current situation in the East would be abnormal.
Of course, I could be wrong.
Nevertheless, it was a must for our clan to head east.
Personal effort is important, but it was also vital to gain benefits from the System. In other words, the city of Somorah, which will disappear in the near future, was a large chunk of experience lying around. If things work out as predicted, we’ll be able to catch one or two rabbits.
Mounted on Ibar, we slowly traversed the Western Forest as Black Spear spoke to me once more.
“East… it’s been a while.”
“Do you know it?”
“Of course. Before, I used to be under Storm Shadow… so it’s been about four… no five years.”
“Is that so? One of the Goblin Shamans who had undergone the Warrior Exam with me had gone under Storm Shadow.”
The elder shaman of the Darkmoon Clan. He could also have departed for another place, since the three year grace period had ended, but I thought it would be nice to greet him if we were to meet. But, seeing that even Black Spear was under Storm Shadow, I thought that he was quite an admirable guy.
“What kind of Troll is Storm Shadow, Black Spear?”
“Mmm… you could say he is someone who represents the whole of the East like Green Goblin. Due to the order of the Grand Patriarch, he also oversees the Warrior Exam as well. Though he is a bit quiet and silent, he is an impressive Green Skin.”
“We should be able to meet soon. Since he had settled in the East, it wouldn’t be a bad choice to reside at Storm Shadow’s village until we find a permanent residence to set up…if that suits you, Blood Dagger.”
I thought it was a great idea, especially if it was Storm Shadow, he who relayed to me through Darkmoon the invitation to the Land of Glory.
“But I had heard that the forests in the east are mostly swamps… are there even places for us to set up camp?”
“There should be a few left, Blood Dagger. In fact, since the terrain is not so nice to live in for anyone but Trolls, there should only be a few tribes and clans that have settled. Since there should be a lot of empty villages that other clans have used and abandoned, we should be able to find a place to stay quickly.”
It seemed that even the monsters did not like the swamp very much. However, the beasts that come from the swamps are of good quality. Their leather was firmer, allowing us to make more durable bags, and their claws and poison were also usable, though quite tricky to deal with.
Ragia who knows poisons well will probably supply the village with what it needs.
As such, we walked on.
While we were walking together, Black Spear, as if he had a lot to teach, was engaged in a long conversation with Little Finger as he passionately explained this place and that, while Gark and Hark were marching with our flag held high as usual. Mev, Hayeon, and the Three Goblin Sisters were engaged in a normal conversation, Hakajin and Ragia likewise in another. The march was much more comfortable than I had thought. The Western Forest was quite rough, but since we had visited these places often, we were fairly accustomed to this.
When the entire group was exhausted, we would set up camp and enjoy a short rest while eating some rations. We had plenty of drinking water and food, however, we did not forget to hunt fresh meat. Once we had walked for quite a long time, we were finally able to depart from the Western Forest entirely and begin advancing through the jungle.
In order to traverse from west to east, you had to cross the jungle. Though Humans use it from time to time, there was no reason for Green Skins to go looking for them. Anyhow, I was very excited about entering the jungle since there was another brother named Goff who resided there.
If he had not left yet, we would be able to finally meet. There might be a possibility that he would be waiting for me since we had promised to build our flag together. The clansmen, understanding how I felt, began to advance through the jungle a bit more quickly and soon we were able to arrive at the Ogres’ village. The place was quite large, as all the tents, fences and even the tools they used were large in size.
Felling our presences, soon large Ogres began to come out from the village. Among them, the largest one came out to meet us.
“Strength, Wisdom and Honor.”
“Kereeeuk. Strength, Wisdom and Honor… it is a face I have seen before… Black Spear of the West… and you… must be Blood Dagger.”
He is called Big Ogre, a chief of the Big Ogre Clan within the jungle. Unlike the rumored arrogant and intimidating presence that he had, he had quite an innocent, warm smile. I had thought that he would not recognize me from my change of appearance, but it seems that he had roughly recognized who I was from our flag standards.
“Thinking about it, it has already been three years. Are you trying to settle in the jungle?”
His look was full of anticipation as his heart pounded eagerly for my answer. It was a moment where I felt greatly apologetic for betraying his expectations.
“I’m sorry, Big Ogre. We are currently heading east.”
From my words, he was immediately disappointed.
“That’s quite a shame. It would be better to live in the jungle than the east… can’t you reconsider once more?”
His look was of anticipation again, making me feel that this guy had been quite lonely, just like Green Goblin.
“We have something to do in the east. If we were to finish our mission and an opportunity were to arise, we will visit here once more.”
“Great! The jungle is a good place to live! It is definitely a place that Blood Dagger and Black Spear would be satisfied with. How about sleeping here for one night before going?!”
The face of the guy before us was like one that had separation anxiety disorder. I felt a bit bad to refuse in this situation, but knowing that I couldn’t afford to lose any more time, I started with asking him the question I was most curious about.
“Hmm… is Goff Clan still around here?”
Interestingly, his face distorted from my question. No, to be precise, his eyes reddened the moment I brought it up.
“Kereeeeeeeeuk. That ogre who doesn’t even know grace?! I don’t know such an Ogre!”
But his eyes were implying that he knew about Goff. Worried that Goff might have betrayed Big Ogre, I asked once more.
“I looked after him for three years, but he left immediately without a single farewell! How could I forgive him!”
“Correct! He’s a very bad……….bad guy.”
Even after Big Ogre finished talking, the Ogres in the back suddenly changed appearances into their rumored berserk selves.
For a while, Black Spear and I stared at him dumbfoundedly. Soon realizing what condition he was in, he settled himself down and spoke once more.
It was a pleasant, yet also lamentable statement.
“Keum…Keum…Go…if it’s Goff, he went to the West. I heard that he went to find his brother.”