After Enochian Tower was split in two, the golems guarding the base level scattered throughout the realm of man.
When Blazing Salamander regained consciousness, it stood up, shook its head, and checked every part of its body carefully. Apart from a low energy level, there were no severe abnormalities. As the remaining energy is insufficient and it did not know where it was, Blazing Salamander had to replenish its energy first. It looked at the fire elements around...
: Blazing fire elements were dancing around the Salamander.
: Perhaps it was a side effect created by the runestones within it.
Blazing Salamander took in a vast amount of fire elements. Power rampaged throughout its body. To let out the excess power, all it could do was to belch fire balls. The salamander finally stopped after some time. It gazed at the volcano before him blankly as if in thought. Then, it walked towards the mountain.
The bubbling lava was emitting a thick black fume. It was reminiscent of the grim reaper's saliva, capable of taking any life. However, it did not frighten Blazing Salamander at all, who dived into the lava without any trace of fear.
The volcano abounds with various deposits. Many adventurers would come for valuable minerals. Therefore, Afire Volcano had become oft-frequented by bandits. Gnome, a particularly shameless group of bandits, loved to gather where fire elements were abundant. As they passed by the volcano, they saw something trembling inside the volcano, so they stopped for a quick glimpse.
After a while, an enormous burning figure, with a fire-enveloped claw, body glowing with heat, and a pair of sun-like eyes, leapt out of the volcano. Blazing Salamander looked at its own body, waving its claws involuntarily and breathing out blistering flame.
Old Bandit: Boss, what’s that?
Bandit Leader: You fool! How would I know?
Young Bandit: Oh, watch out...
: Blazing Salamander extended its claws and charged at the bandits.
: He was looking for opponents to test itself!
Bandit Leader: Darn you monster! You’ve killed my brothers!
Bandit Leader: I will be back!
“Don’t get any closer to the volcano. The big red lizard will tear you apart with its sharp claws, and burn you into ashes with its mighty flames.” Inhabitants of Afire Volcano had been passing these words down to their children, and adventurers from the outside.
Blazing Salamander realized that the power of the species at Afire Volcano could no longer satisfy its desires. Under the influence of an unknown power, its desire to become stronger grew endlessly.^ Blazing Salamander loafed around Afire Volcano as usual. One day, it ended up at the territory of the werewolves. As it entered, it was spotted by the Werewolf Commander, who immediately pointed his falchion at it.
Werewolf Commander: What are you here for, my old friend?
Blazing Salamander: I’m lost!
Werewolf Commander: Why are you lost?
Blazing Salamander: I keep hearing a voice telling me that I have to be stronger...
Werewolf Commander: Stronger? You’re already very strong, my friend.
Blazing Salamander: No! He said I’m not. I’m still weak...
Werewolf Commander: Really...
The Werewolf Commander raised his gigantic falchion and jumped to the front of the Salamander.
Werewolf Commander: Show me your claws!
Werewolf Commander: Maybe you just hasn’t discovered your hidden powers!
As the Werewolf Commander knelt on one knee before the Salamander, a voice was telling the lizard golem to kill its opponent. Been given a painful headache, Blazing Salamander left the werewolf’s territory with its hand pressing its head.
???: “Kill him!”
Werewolf Commander: Maybe the reason for our stalemate was just your hidden power had not awakened!
Blazing Salamander was looking for strong opponents. After leaving Afire Volcano, it finally understood what the Werewolf Commander meant by “hidden power”. It realized when it saw ‘that person’ again, its power would grow stronger because of him.
A group of wizards were climbing the mountain with a captured demi dragon maiden. The maiden was their last hope since their efforts over the years were thwarted by the loathsome Dragon Follower. Fortunately, they still had one Dragon Maiden, which allowed them to continue their research if they could find new remains of the Primordial Dragons.
The Salamander watched the people climbing up the mountain. All that attracted it was the fire elements radiating off the demi-dragon maiden. Therefore, it leapt to the front of the wizards and roared, looking silently into the eyes of the terrified wizards...
Blazing Salamander: Roaarr!
Wizard: Agatha! Stop him!
Agatha the Dragon Maiden: I will not do what you said unless you free me from my shackles.
Agatha the Dragon Maiden: Well......Alright, I’m hungry anyways.
Agatha the Dragon Maiden: Just be my food!
Blazing Alligator could only lie on the floor and watch while the demi-dragon devoured the elements within its body. It could not understand why the maiden could overpower it.
Suddenly, a group of light-armored warriors leapt down from the mountains. The wizards fled in fear being too drained to resist. Agatha slowly gulped down the elements as she looked around. Some wizards were killed, while others ran away. The only thing left on the ground was their messy luggage.^ At last, the warriors surrounded Agatha, and pointed at her with their swords.
Light-armored warrior: Surrender! The dragon bones that you are looking for are now in our hands.
Light-armored warriors: Hybrid of Ethereal Dragons! Come with us!
Agatha the Dragon Maiden: Actually, I’m not looking for it... Fine, I have no choice anyways.
While they were leaving, no one paid attention to the Salamander on the ground. When they were all gone, a ‘man’ and an enormous figure came. The Salamander could feel the burning fire elements within them.
Inferno Savant: Take it with us. Perhaps it will become part of you!
Hearing the Savant’s words, the figure lifted up the Salamander, and it followed the Savant footsteps into the fierce flame.