During the war between Gods and Demons, Bael, as a god with overwhelming power, was assigned to take up the general position of god armies. Bael was a symbol of victory for his battle records, but the casualties were also the most among all.
This time he was sent to defeat the demons again. As expected, Bael had a triumph, crushing the demon force to fall back.
Bael: Can’t let a single enemy run away! March!
God Soldier: General, it’s not possible. The lake has been poisoned by the demons. If we cross the water, the casualties will be heavy!
Bael: For every victory, sacrifice is inevitable. Listen soldiers, go hunt the escaping demons!
The army successfully annihilated the enemies. But when Bael was back to the realm of Gods, he was taken to Giemsa immediately.
Giemsa: Bael, do you what mistakes have you made?
Bael: I won the battle and killed all the demons. What’s wrong with it?
Giemsa: You won, indeed. But your soldiers were almost wiped out. No one will be happy with this suicidal approach.
Bael: As a god warrior, we all need to devote our lives for our kind. Each should have braced for it.
Giemsa: Sigh...You still don’t understand. Life is not at your disposal…
Giemsa: Bael, I’m going to remove your general position. You’ll be sent to the Sleepless City, to listen to humans’ prayers and to protect them.
Bael: ...As you wish.
Despite his unwillingness, Bael was unable to disobey the order of Giemsa. Therefore, going to the Sleepless City was the only way. Every day he was required to listen to the wishes of the people on the perch...
It was like the end of a sweet dream for Bael after sealing Satan’s power. He then began to introspect the things he did. As Bael buried the sword in the ice mountain, he decided to go back to the Sleepless City once he guarded.
To avoid his god identity being exposed, Bael was disguised as a human with an illusion. When he stepped into the city, the desolated yet sinister scene shocked him.
Bael: “The houses were all burnt to charcoal...It it because Satan set them on fire back then? And the fields were all destroyed…”
Victim A: Sir! Please, do you have food to spare? I haven’t eaten for 3 days...
Bael: This...is the fruit I found outside.
The famished villager took it and left right away in case Bael would renege. As he turned around, a bunch of shabby, emaciated people had already surrounded him.
Victim B: Sir...please give us food…
Bael: I’ve given all away...got nothing to spare anymore.
However, the sensation of hunger occupied their minds. They were pushing...
???: This way! Quickly!
When Bael was at a loss, a voice came from behind. Looking back, he saw a lady waving at him in a hidden alley. Without hesitation, he ran over there and successfully escaped from the starving villagers with her help.
Lady: It should be safe here.
Bael: What’s going on here? Why are they starving? Isn’t this place guarded by a god?
Lady: The god of this city has gone rogue and left with a demon named Satan. Since then, the city has been abandoned by gods.
Bael: But then the demons will invade this land...
Lady: Yes. Without their protection, the demons are getting rampant.
Lady: My husband died during the invasion, and most of the people had already fled to somewhere else.
Bael: How about you...why didn’t you leave?
Lady: Because of him.
The lady gently touched her slightly bulging stomach. Until then, Bael figured out she was pregnant.
Lady: He means everything to me and my husband. No matter how hard it is, I’ m gonna give birth to this baby.
Lady: Even without the gods’ protection, I’ ll do it in my own way.
Bael: “How noble she is...This is how protection is meant to be...This is the true victory...Giemsa, is it what you want me to understand?”
While Bael was chatting with the lady, some noises, mixing with screams and sad calls, sounded afar. They ran out of the alley and saw the city was shrouded in flames and smoke. People were running for their lives.
Bael: ...What happened?
Villager: The demons! They’re attacking again! Run——Urgh!
Before he could finish the words, the villager was stabbed to death by a demon from behind. Witnessing this cruel scene, the lady let out a scream of terror, which had drawn the demons’ attention. Aware of their presence, they started approaching Bael and the lady.
Bael: Filthy demons, I won’t let you hurt the innocent! Brace for punishment!
Bael removed the disguise to show his true self. Then he conjured an arrow of light element. With a flick of his finger, the arrow penetrated through the demon and it went down instantly.
Lady: You...you’re a god...
Bael: Yes, I’m Bael. I was ordered to protect this city, but I’ve made a wrong decision during the time I lost myself…
Bael: Please, allow me to redeem my sins.
Bael spread his wings to ascend. At the same time, he gathered the power of element; and countless light arrows were revealed from his back. He overlooked the city in the sky, aiming at those demons infiltrating.
Bael: It’s time to pay for your sins!
Rain of arrows was pouring, hitting the raging demons precisely. In a flash, Bael saved all the villagers from great danger.
The glow and his miracle had stunned the villagers. They all knelt down, praying in front of the glinting Bael in awe. In the past, he was unconcerned about their prayers. Now he can finally understand the true meaning lying in their wishes.
Bael: Giemsa, you’re right. Every life is priceless. No life is expendable like a tool…
Since Bael had defeated the demons, he had been actively involved in rebuilding villagers’ home. Protecting this city meant everything to him. Gradually, vitality was found amid the downfall. Laughter and bustle were elevated again.
Bael: Congrats, you gave birth to a boy.
Lady: All thanks to you, master Bael. If it wasn’t you to protect our place, I would have died from demon’s hands.
Bael: No, it’s not my merit. It belongs to everyone in the city.
Suddenly, a red light appeared in the sky. Three figures descended from the clouds to Bael.
God Soldier: Bael, you’re summoned by Lady Giemsa. Please follow us to the realm of gods.
Bael: “Lady Giemsa...why does she want to see me...Perhaps…”
Bael was back to the place he once did a few years ago ——To meet Giemsa in the hall. The only difference was that this time he was invited instead of detained. He looked at Giemsa with a peaceful mind.
Giemsa: Bael, do you understand now?
Bael: Yes, Lady Giemsa. Life is unique and heavy. To ignite their hope, I’ll protect each of them at all cost.
Giemsa: Then, come back to the frontline between gods and demons. Devote your wisdom and power to save more lives.
Bael: As you wish!
After all these years, the prodigal son eventually returned. To vindicate his fault, Bael accepted Giemsa’s order and stepped on the frontline to fight against demons again…