Azazel: I’ve always been looking for someone to follow.
Azazel: Why should I pledge just to follow them?
Father: Nonsense! For generations our family has taken pride in serving the royal family. How dare you go against our tradition?
Azazel: ...I just don’t want to waste my life for these helpless creatures.
Just when Azazel's father was about to furiously slap Azazel, Azazel immediately grabbed his father’s arm with one hand while his other hand reached for his father's face. Ice water seeped from Azazel's other hand, which immediately traveled throughout his father's body.
Azazel: Leave me alone, okay?
It was not until his father nodded did Azazel loosened his grip. Just when Azazel thought their conversation had ended, he suddenly heard the floor creak and saw countless arrows attacking him from all directions.
Azazel drew a circle in the air and a powerful stream of water encircled his body, blocking all the arrows flying his way.
Azazel: I know this house is better than you, dad. You are not strong enough.
Azazel: ‘Who should I follow? When will I meet you?’
Azazel arrived at the college rooftop, the place where he usually skips class.
He sat in front of a chessboard with black and white chess pieces on it…
Azazel: This chess puzzle has been left here for quite some time...Will I be able to crack the puzzle today?
Azazel: Wait...'Someone forced a checkmate on the white side? Who made this move?
Azazel was shocked. He was lately deeply captivated by chess. After defeating everyone in college, he always went to the rooftop to play chess against himself.
There were many columns on the college rooftop and no one except Azazel would usually come here, making this Azazel's safe haven. Azazel's chessboard shouldn't be moved by anyone else. Surprisingly, the next move that puzzled him and made him contemplate was now cracked by someone else…
Father: Azazel, this world is too small for you to fit in.
Father: Did you hear me, Azazel?
Father: The royal family is now recruiting ‘pioneers’ to explore different worlds.
Father: The “pioneers” candidates are hiring guards and you’ve been chosen. Don’t ask why.
Azazel: ‘You’re sending me away on purpose...Fine, it does me no good to stay here anyways.’
In this kingdom with endless nights, the ocean took up 80% of the entire kingdom. There's nothing on land except for cold cement buildings. Looking at the limitless horizon every day, Azazel often thought about his goals, his life, and time itself...How time flies by as he struggles to live with this feeling of emptiness.
It was not until Azazel heard about the “pioneers” project and how the pioneers would travel around the world did he find his new objective. Therefore, he agreed to become a pioneer and take all the necessary examinations.
Azazel: ‘Physical examination, first aid knowledge, 2000 questions...I can leave this place after completing the physical examination...’
Azazel: ‘Why is the green-hair guy staring at me?’
Azazel: ‘He seems like a tough guy to deal with...’
Belial: Azazel, right? Show me what you’re capable of! Defeat me!
This person in front of Azazel had a weird appearance and a despising attitude, which greatly annoyed Azazel. Azazel made no response. He grabbed Belial by the throat with one hand and covered Belial's eyes with the other, trying to choke Belial with icy water. However, when icy water emerged, vines suddenly appeared and locked onto Azazel's arms.
Belial jumped backwards, while Azazel was tightly trapped by vines. He pointed at Azazel, made a gesture as if he was moving a chess piece, saying…
Azazel: Checkmate? Are you the one who cracked the chess puzzle?
Belial: The greatest enemy of a powerful person is himself. It was not a difficult puzzle to solve.
At that moment, Azazel fixated his eyes on Belial’s eyes and that was when Azazel realized he had found the one he wanted to follow…
Belial sneaked into the candidate selection so he could choose a suitable ‘pioneer’ to explore the new world. He chose Azazel over the other guards not only because Azazel mastered in water power, but also due to his introvert character. He knew that companions like Azazel could be very loyal.
The two of them left the kingdom with endless nights for the Realm with beautiful sunshine. Azazel guarded Belial throughout the whole journey, however, as time passed by, Belial became tiresome of Azazel's companionship. Therefore, Belial left Azazel and set off for Asgard alone. Azazel secretly followed him and defeated the Sanitly Kinght to protect Belial…
Azazel: ‘There are so many pilgrims here. This is always an active world. It seems like Master Belial is already here.’
As Azazel disguised himself as a pilgrim, he intended to follow Belial and enter Asgard, but was stopped by another pilgrim at the front gate…
Sanitly Kinght: Demon, how dare you set foot into Asgard?
Sanitly Kinght: Filthy Demon, get out of Asgard!
Belial: Hey! How can you do this to me? What about the moral rules you kept bragging about?!
Azazel: Watch out, Master Belial!
As chaos ensued, all the pilgrims left, except for Belial and a couple of Saintly Knights. The Saintly Knights encircled Belial. Upon hearing their leader's command, the knights grabbed their spears and dashed towards Belial. Azazel, who hid nearby, immediately dashed forward to protect Belial.
As the two parties fiercely battled, Azazel suddenly set up a strong water fortress, blocking all the knights’ spears. However, one of the knights broke the water wall and dashed at Belial with his spear. Azazel immediately blocked the spear with his body…
Saintly Knight: Filthy Demon, he deserves to die!
Belial: Deserves to die…?
Belial's shadow instantly extended and transformed into uncountable vines. All who were covered by the shadow were wrapped and swallowed by vines...After a while, all the Saintly Knights transformed into trees of strange shapes.
Belial: Azazel, are you alright?
Azazel: Master Belial...It’s nothing...I...I can endure this.
Belial made no response. He carried Azazel on his shoulder and passed through the woods where he then put Azazel down in a corner to rest.
The two of them remained silent. Belial carefully bandaged Azazel, while Azazel, who felt guilty, fixated his eyes on Belial. Azazel wanted this moment to last forever…
Belial: Stay here and wait for my command. Pay attention to everything around you.
Azazel: Yes, Master Belial.
Since Azazel sacrificed his life to protect Belial, Belial whole-heartedly trusted Azazel and entrusted him with all the important tasks. Azazel devoted to all the tasks given to him and never failed any of them.
However, as Demons took on more tasks, Belial, who was talented in many fields, gradually caught the attention of many envious people. He became the target of assassination and raid. Azazel therefore worried about Belial's safety every day.He didn't dare to lower his guard.
One night, Belial visited Enochian Tower.On the surface, it looked like he was alone. However, in fact, he arranged Azazel to hide in the woods and watch out for any suspicious figures. Leaves rustled in the wind. When Belial touched Enochian tower, arrows flew towards him from behind. Vines instantly blocked all the arrows, but when Belial turned around, he saw nothing except for the waves tapping on his ankle…
While waves were flooding, foams followed. A giant tide pushed four assassins away and they all drowned. However, it was far from the end. A woman with a sickle in her hands stared at the grassland in front of her…
Female Demon: You killed my comrades...I will get my revenge!
Azazel: ‘Another one?’
The female Demon furiously dashed toward Azazle and Belial immediately stretched out his arm towards her.
Vines instantly grew from under her feet and whirled her sickle away…
Azazel: She left her weapon and ran away...
Belial: Let her go. She won’t live for long.
Belial handed the sickle to Azazel, hoping he might be able to identify the manipulator behind the assassination. However, upon seeing the sickle, Azazel immediately recognized the curse on the sickle: it was Samael's research. He then understood why Belial wanted him to investigate—to prove Samael’s innocence.
He later found the female Demon’s dead body by the river near Enochian tower. After an autonomy examination, he smelt an abnormal fragrance emitting from the female Demon’s dress. Azazel handed her clothes to Belial. Upon smelling the sharp pungent odor, Belial sneered...
Azazel: Master Belial, I was wondering…
Belial: I know what’s on your mind. I already have a plan.
Azazel: Please be careful, Master Belial.
Belial: Azazel, it's a joy to induce the enemy and wait for them to fall into your trap.…