Everyone Else is a Returnee – Chapter 99: You, I, Strangers – 18

“Let’s run.”

Such was the decision that Yu IlHan came to when he met the dragon. He had thought that he could defeat all beings classified as dragonkin, at least in Dareu, but it turned out he was wrong.
That, was arrogance.

[How can a being with such power still remain in a lower world……?] (Erta)

Even Erta was nervous. If they fought, then the results were obvious. She didn’t know how much level difference there was between that and the dragons Yu IlHan had defeated, but its tier was different.

That couldn’t be killed even if one was able to kill all other dragons with a single hit. Perhaps that guy was a 5th class, a higher existence!

If, IF Yu IlHan was in his concealed state right now, then there may be a chance.

If he could raise the level of Blaze, soul enchant the Orochi into the Black giant bone spear, and deal a critical hit at a critical moment at a critical place…

If it was that much, that would be dealt with a fatal strike, and if that happened, Yu IlHan would gain another chance to conceal himself. If he did that 5 times consecutively, he just may be able to kill that.

[Oh? You know of my power? You really are not ordinary.] (???)

However, it wasn’t like that right now. It also knew how dangerous of a human Yu IlHan was. It would never allow Yu IlHan to conceal himself.
If so, then there was no possibility of victory for Yu IlHan. Really, there was absolutely no possibility to the point that it was funny.

Yu IlHan didn’t know whether he would be able to conceal himself in front of this guy or not, but he decided to move first rather than to think about it.

First, he would perform re-leap towards the ground. It would be good if he got the chance to activate the formation, but there was no way that guy would let him, so he just ran, ran like hell.

He looked for opportunities to conceal himself while running, and if he did, he would then run as far as possible using the formation. Following which he would leave for Earth and seal the dungeon somehow before asking for Heaven’s Army’s help.

However, just before he was about to re-leap into the ground after constructing his escape plan using the full power of his brain-CPU…

[This, this guy is done for!] (Lecidna)

Lecidna, who still clung onto life, shouted, in English too.

[He cannot kill Yu IlHan-nim!] (Lecidna)
[You’re speaking unnecessary things!] (???)

That dragon tried to prevent Lecidna’s words by shouting, but strangely, it did not try to stop her physically. Even though it had plenty of strength to do so!

Meanwhile, Lecidna used what little energy she had remaining to polymorph. A gold-feathered bird that appeared from the blinding light flew towards Yu IlHan and shouted while burrowing into his chest. As if it was a very important report!

[He cast away his shell by biting me!] (Lecidna)
[It cast away his shell?] (Erta)

The moment Erta heard that, her pale face suddenly became brighter.

[So it was a higher existence after all! Of course, it just stayed temporarily!] (Erta)
[That guy is a higher existence, Yu IlHan! Like us angels!] (Erta)

What the hell? Why would she rejoice while saying it was a higher existence? He was suspicious before, but was Erta really a pervert?

Of course, Yu IlHan also heard about casting away one’s shell. Just now, that is.

The guy talked about casting away it shell after biting Lecidna instead of Yu IlHan. Yu IlHan didn’t mind about it so much since he was getting shivers before its absolute power, though.

Of course, that line was in dragon-tongue, so Erta wouldn’t have understood, but now that Lecidna reported in English, it was different.
Erta spoke in a clear voice like a detective solving mysteries.

[If it cast away its shell, then it cannot truly hurt you ‘now’. Think about how I cannot use my power on Earth! It’s the same concept!] (Erta)

How could she so confidently say about something so embarrassing? However, she did get her meaning across.

[Shit!] (???)

Was it because of Erta’s explanations? The dragon that was only flapping its wings looked similar to the useless angels.

“Tch, I can’t help it.”

Now that things were like this, there was no need to run. Yu IlHan forgot about running, and re-leaped towards the sky instead of the ground.

“If you’re lying, then I’ll curse you even if I die!”
[Why would I lie to you, it’s just glaring at you now too!] (Erta)
[Please, fulfill the promise……] (Lecidna)

Lecidna, who buried her body in Yu IlHan’s embrace breathed heavily. It was a weak breath to the point that it wouldn’t be strange even if she died at any moment.

“I just have to kill all the dragonkin belonging to the Destruction Demon Army, right?”
[Please!] (Lecidna)
[Damned bitch, you’re the shame of us dragons!] (???)

The dragon kept insulting Lecidna while flapping its wings, but it could not chase Yu IlHan.
Good, it really did look like the useless angels!

Of course, no matter how much Erta guaranteed, he wouldn’t be able to calmly fight with the dragons with that overwhelming aura behind him, so Yu IlHan asked Erta while rushing towards the battlefield.

“Then, let me ask back. If that guy is in the same situation as you, then how the hell did it bite Lecidna’s neck?”

Yu IlHan’s question was that. He thought that higher existences weren’t able to use their powers on worlds like Earth or Dareu, but that dragon had placed Lecidna near death the moment it appeared.
However, Erta’s answer was still the same.

[That’s the process of casting off one’s shell.] (Erta)
“Explain it simply before I strip you of your shell.”

Immediately after he said that, Yu IlHan arrived at the battlefield and started fighting against the dragons.

[Critical Hit!]

While he was tied down by Karrows, the situation was turning for the worst – there were only 5 dragons left of those belonging to the Garden of Sunset, and the remaining 31 were all enemies.

[Critical Hit!]
[You have earned 2,819,029,333 experience.]

However, through 3 re-leaps, Yu IlHan charged into the battlefield and succeeded in piercing the neck of one of the 31 dragons.
It was an insta-kill due to Blaze, but as compensation, Yu IlHan had to open another mana potion.

Just in time, Erta also started explaining in simpler terms.

[If I explain this properly, I have to start talking about 5th classes, higher existences, and transcender groups, but I’ll skip things for now.] (Erta)
“I love skipping things.”

The enemy numbers became 29. Yu IlHan first put away the mana potion and started drinking Breath. Meanwhile, the higher existence dragon was glaring at Yu IlHan from below while flapping its wings.

[That guy is a higher existence belonging to Destruction Demon Army, do you understand that?] (Erta)
“Do you take me for an idiot?! Hah!”

The enemy now numbered 26. Yu IlHan broke apart the icicle that had pierced through his shield and armor and embedded itself in his stomach, whilst regenerating his abdomen with transcendent regeneration.

[Higher existences are bound by numerous rules to keep their power. That’s why, for a higher existence to use their powers on a lower world, they have to fulfill some absurd conditions, but that guy doesn’t look like that.] (Erta)

There were 21 enemies left now. Yu IlHan alternated between drinking Breath and the mana potions while battling fervently.
Since there were no more dragons on the level of Karrows, if he used concealment whenever the opportunity arrived, killing dragons were easy.

If there was a problem, it was that the allied dragonkin were nearly wiped out. If the ones that distracted the enemies disappeared, then the battle would become harder.

[Then, the answer is simple – It hasn’t been a while since that guy became a higher existence, and it stayed on a lower world in order to cast off its shell before it joined the main army of the Destruction Demon Army!] (Erta)
“So what the fuck does it mean by casting off one’s shell!”

There 14 enemies left now, and only a single dragon left of those belonging to the Garden of Sunset.

[Use me, human! I cannot hand Dareu over to them even if I die!]
“Got it!”

Yu IlHan got on the dragon’s back and started rampaging for real. The dragon flew quickly according to Yu IlHan’s intentions while supporting him in attack and shielding him from attacks. Although worse than Lecidna, it was enough to fight against the remaining dragons.

A human that just acquired 3rd class, although, his level was absurdly high to be considered ‘just having acquired’, became a temporary rider of a dragon with high pride! This was an amazing achievement.

Meanwhile, Erta’s explanations continued.

[In the process of becoming a higher existence, all beings acquire a new body, and in this process, residues of the past will definitely remain, and those residues, that are from a lower world, cannot be carried onto the group they belong to. That is called the shell……] (Erta)

At this point, Yu IlHan could also understand things a little.

“So that guy used up all that energy in biting Lecidna to death? And that is what it means by ‘casting off one’s shell’?”
[Bingo. That guys is a complete higher existence now. SInce it is bound by the rules of transcender groups, it cannot bring out its power in a lower world anymore.] (Erta)

That was some difficult explanation!

[There is one element that always appear in hero stories in all sorts of worlds. The epilogue where the hero shows unprecedented grandeur before disappearing. They are all proofs of higher existences. They cast off their shells and head to a higher world.] (Erta)
“So that guy was waiting in order to kill me even after it became a higher existence belonging to Destruction Demon Army?”
[Yes, and it failed marvelously too.] (Erta)

Thanks to Lecidna who received the shell with her body. The person in question also agreed enthusiastically with a voice that was near death.

[Fufuu, I… predicted that they were… targeting you.] (Lecidna)

An absurd human who massacred 4th class dragons alone. In the Destruction Demon Army’s view, he couldn’t be more hateful, and as such put a 5th class being without its shell cast off, that dragon, on wait just in case Karrows failed.
Now, there was only one question Yu IlHan had left.

“How did you know that there was a higher existence that did not cast off its shell?”
[There, was a dragon that acted…….. as a spy.] (Lecidna)

There was a cruel espionage war in the world of dragons!?

[Critical Hit!]
[You have earned, 2,655,817,205 experience.]

Disregarding trivial dragonkin, there were only 7 enemy dragons right now.

All sorts of wounds appeared and disappeared on Yu IlHan’s body. However, the dragon he was riding on was half dead already. Yu IlHan was also trying his best to keep it alive, but it was reaching the limit.

[I have one last request.]

And the birdie-dragon was also just about to die.

[If you finish everything, can you go to my lair?] (Lecidna)
[The place where you and I first met.] (Lecidna)
“Don’t sound like you have something. I’ll get excited for nothing.”
[Pl..ease…….] (Lecidna)

Yu IlHan retorted like a joke, but Lecidna closed her eyes in relief as if she saw that as acceptance. Then, she did not open her eyes again.


Yu IlHan put away Lecidna’s body. Not long after that, the dragon he was riding on also died, and as all dragonkin belonging to the Garden of Sunset died, unfortunately, he would never know of their intentions.

The remaining dragons belonging to the Destruction Demon Army were strong.
However, Yu IlHan was even stronger, and he eventually succeeded in killing all the remaining dragons there.

No, not exactly ‘all’ of them.

[You really are a tenacious guy.] (???)

There was a single higher existence, who Yu IlHan could not harm, still flapping its wings.

Author’s notes

  1. No matter how OP Yu IlHan is, higher existences are still no go! The tier difference is huge!
  2. Higher existences, and transcender groups, and their rules will be slowly explained later. I did put a little in this chapter, but I thought that the story was turning strange so I put them away and said only what was necessary. In any case, Erta was the speedwagon again.
  3. There was a sharp question saying that higher existences should not be able to use their power like Erta or Lita. Has this been an answer for you?
  4. Ayy, the arc is finally over. I also didn’t think that it would be so long. The arc title is ‘I am the drifter of my soul’.
  5. It’s the 100th chapter. I really thank you readers who has been with me until now. And please take care of me in the future too!

Translator’s notes
Rly? 100th chapter? By the time this gets posted, author would have posted his 300th chapter….

PR note: The prologue was counted as chapter 0, so with 99 out its considered 100

Translator: Chamber
Proofreader: Koukouseidesu


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75 Replies to “Everyone Else is a Returnee – Chapter 99: You, I, Strangers – 18”

    1. Jonathan Hurd

      Look on the Brightside he will work as a great motivation for Yu Ilhan to gain a LOT more power. I mean hes seen a bunch of angels but they have always just been effectively useless and never gotten to show what full power is like. Now that Yu Ilhan had to face down the full strength of a Higher Existence. He is going to work stupidly harder so that he won’t find himself in a situation where he will just die again.

    1. Canaanite

      I’m just taking a guess here, but its probably because he just recently became a higher existence while Erta has always been one for a longer time, so she’s able to keep herself hidden from him because he’s not strong enough to see her.

      1. Jonathan Hurd

        Probably also not worth pissing heaven off for him just yet. Its one thing to kill Lower Existences as Lower Existences, but if he attacks an Angel that means open season on him…

        From the sounds of it too he has just ascended so he is probably not used to his new body.

  1. NoticeMeSenpai

    I am the drifter of my soul
    Steel is my body, Fire is my blood
    I have created over a thousand blades
    Not known to God
    Nor known to men
    Have withstood a thousand year a virgin
    Yet this body of mine refuses the path of a Wizard
    As I pray, Unlimited Illhan’s Work

    Meh, that line really reminded me of UBW aria~
    Thx for the chapter!

  2. Mika

    I guess he’s just watching on as things happen.

    So becoming a higher existence and getting rid of your ‘shell’ means you can no longer fight on lower planes? What if there’s another high existence on the same plane? Or is there another way/special permission to be able to do so or something like that?

    1. r1c3cak3s

      It mentions that only the more powerful transcenders can interfere on lower planes in the chapter about how the Garden of Sunset interefered with Dareu

      1. Jonathan Hurd

        It seems the Garden of Sunset did like the other clans did. They found champions among the Lower Existences to fight for them. That is why the Garden of Sunset Dragons were hiding elves.

        Higher existences can’t directly interfere, but they can import weapons to key people basically.

    2. Jonathan Hurd

      I think there are probably prohibitions on Higher Existences fighting in Lower Existence Worlds. Considering that the newly Fourth class Orochi had attacks powerful enough to ruin entire cities in any one given attack. Then adding that Yu Ilhan wasn’t even afraid of that level of power, but is afraid of this newly fifth class dragon… I think a Higher Existences attack is at least strong enough to end a continent and that is me low balling.

      Rita did at one point fight an Angel but I do note she didn’t really use any mana attacks. She kept to her physical skills when kicking the crap out of him.

  3. CrimsonMoon

    Holy! That scared the crap out of me. Really thought that this 5th class has some way to bypass the rules and attack lower beings. Good thing it turns out its only a one time deal. Whew.

    This chapter also shows the absolute difference in ability between a new born 5th class and the abnormal 3rd class Yu Ilhan. There’s simply no chance of Ilhan winning if they were to fight it out.

    Then there’s also the Garden of Sunset. Erta stated that, to the Heavens, they’re more troublesome than the destruction demon army. It could be inferred from that the Garden of Sunset is an enemy of heaven. Now seeing them go all out and use all the dragons that belong to their organization to assist Yu Ilhan against the Destruction Demon Army, it can be inferred that Garden of Sunset and Destruction Demon Army are enemies. Just what is their true goal as an organization?

    Also…someone save Lita/Liera plz~~~~

  4. iwanttobeagoodman

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  5. the best relics of lust

    That tier 5 gonna get rekt!
    Let me use the japanese destroyer tier 1 piercing-HE! He gonna get rekt so hard till i get 5k exp point (WT)

    1. NoticeMeSenpai

      He doesn’t need to. Illhan can straight up beat the dragon up without any retaliation.

      Erta when getting sniped by Berserk Reta, was unable to retaliate and protect herself, so the same logic should apply here too.

      1. Jonathan Hurd

        Erta’s situation is a bit different than this dragons. Erta in an abandoned world loses the majority of her strength. Erta is also a Spell Caster type not a physical fighter. This Dragon was able to move faster than Yu Ilhan could process. I am just guessing but I feel his speed is on a level Yu Ilhan currently cannot reach. I also don’t think Yu Ilhan currently has an attack strong enough to pierce this Dragon. Especially considering he himself sees the 4th class one use Grenade and Pile Driver as useless.

  6. Treyon

    Um… i remember lita been able to hit with all her being that angel that tried to bring that 4th class mage…

    So…. since that dragon is considered a higher existence already, cant Erta fight with it??

  7. kouk2002

    For some reason I expected that Lecidna would somehow survive and stay with him. Or at least the soul would be absorbed by him. Though since it said he would never know the reason why they fought after she had died I guess he didn’t get her soul (just her body xD)

  8. extasse

    Jonathan Hurd, I guess this confirms it. It’s not just ‘not allowed’ to use powers, but ‘can’t’ use it. This applies not only to the Angels who use ‘Heaven’s Power’ but to all higher existences.
    Just what does Lecidna want though? Give him rare metals? Or maybe introduce him to Garden of Sunset? I’m a bit sad that all of them had to die since I was thinking he could have elves ride dragons as Vanguards main force… They were too good to die.
    What would he do now? Ignore the giant flapping dragon or try to get more materials. No harm done right?

    1. Jonathan Hurd

      I feel like treasures and metals are kind of pointless to Yu Ilhan at this point since he is swimming in 4th class Dragon bodies and is the best smith across all worlds so who can make better gear than him and what better material is there? Gold and money also pretty pointless considering Yu Ilhan’s skills.

      There is one thing that I think Lecinda would desperately want Yu Ilhan to take care of from her Cave and there has been a few foreshadows of it… Yu Ilhan getting a Title like Dragons Friend, Fighting alongside dragons increases his damage. Add in the information they just told us last chapter about how when dragons are born they are kept safe at home and in a humanoid form… I’m guessing Lecinda wanted Yu Ilhan to go to her Lair to take care of her daughter.

      For the Higher Existence power, Erta did mention that there are apparently steps you can take to get around the constraint on Higher Existences. What those steps might entail I am now kind of curious about.

      The other thing to me is that Angel’s seem like a special case among the Higher Existences. Since their power seems rooted in territory. Angels seem like the only ones whose power is drawn from outside themselves that we have seen thus far.

      To that I think as long as an Angel is on a world connected to God. They are able to be linked to the others and retain a certain portion of their power. Of course that comes with the downside of the amazing negatives. Being disconnected from God basically makes them less powerful than some lower Existence’s. I think this trade off lets them hold onto their power to a certain extent.

      1. Chamber

        I’m not sure if it’s fine to say this, but all higher existences are ‘rooted to territory’. Since Dareu belongs to DDA, DDA guys get stat buffs, and if they were in a world belonging to Heaven, then obviously, the angels will get stat buffs

        1. Jonathan Hurd

          That’s cool. That was kind of hinted at with the chapter about the Wall of Chaos. That being God’s Domain and therefore buffing up the Angels. While behind the wall is the Demons territory and that is why Liera is in such big shit for passing into there.

  9. Bode

    “Tch…”??? Seriously? She just died saving him and he spits out a “tch”? I don’t remember IllHan being such a ungrateful guy. He just said before that as long as the monsters aren’t his enemies he mighr even play with them… It really doesn’t sounds right.

      1. Jonathan Hurd

        Could be regret. She dove in to save him and then died. He was also so busy fighting so he didn’t really even have a chance to stop and thank her.

        The other thing I would say is that while Yu Ilhan has dealt a lot of death he hasn’t really ever had many connections with anyone. Therefore he is not used to losing someone who has become close to him. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t really know how to express sorrow. Especially when she died that abruptly.

  10. James

    As above, so below. As below, so above. Luckily, Mr. DDA douche can’t touch Yu llHan because of those rules. Kind of like going to a low-level training area but your a high-level Bad-A that takes no crap, your going to be kicked out.

    As of now, all dragons, both good and bad, are dead and in a bag by the Blazing Reaper named Gho…. Yu llHan.

    Thank you for the translation.

  11. Cabman

    Should be a given that if higher existences exist higher worlds exist LOL. Seeing as how planets level up. So we can expect maybe by the 4th or 5th cataclysm earth is going to level up to a higher world. It is leveling up pretty damn fast too.

    in the future earth is probably going to turn into a battlefield of higher existences. expecially since it’s connected to every other world

    1. James

      If that happens, then it would be like the games we all played. Whoever has the ‘that’ hill, wins. Because the 4 major factions see it as the best place to produce ‘Higher Existences’. DDA would say, “Kill 100 men, and your in.” AoG would say, “Save 1000 people, and your in.” BAoL would most likely say, “Accept and practice our teachings, and your in.”, while the GotS would say, “Plant a 50 acre garden, care for it, and you’ll be considered among our ranks.”

      Now, we just need to know, who are the minority.

  12. Paps

    Well Lucinda RIP, we already new about it but higher existence are really gunning fo Ilham now, what other plots do they have in store for him. Could it be that the ultimate loner is finally guetting a pet???!!!!

    1. Jonathan Hurd

      Definitely, lol. Considering how much destruction Yu Ilhan just unleashed. Destroying an entire worlds worth of high ranking Dragons. I think they might try to pull this card against him.

  13. Shiro

    So Lecidina is dead, i was hoping she would stay alive, but seems like she had a daughter/son , all that about understanding dragons , and more recently about how a “pure breed” dragon is born , and a especial female dragon just died before saying “Go to my house”.

    1. Jonathan Hurd

      Those were my exact thoughts too. Considering this author my money is on a Daughter since I think the author is opposed to having Yu Ilhan directly team up with a male. I know there is Kang Hajin, but he is more like an add on to Kang MiRae and Na Yuna.

  14. Usagi

    Don’t worry man. It’s not nerely as depressing as translating some chinese novels. As a translator myself, when i reach 100 (Im at 34 rn), The author has already completed the series with 1000+ chapters awaiting me…

  15. Spaceship With A View

    If the allied dragons just kept their distance and attacked with long range magic the world would have around 200 more dragons right now. Either the Gold dragon resurrects like a phoenix or has eggs in her cave.

  16. N0xiety

    Meh, mc is a piece of sh*t. He could have saved Lecidna with his ‘breath’ alcohol made of dragon blood. It has healing effect, not just for his resting regeneration skill, it genuinely has healing effect just by itself. And it is something made of dragon blood, no way could there be a dragon that can’t withstand the poison in another dragons blood. That would be ridiculous. So if he made her drink liters of the stuff she would probably be saved. But ofc, mc is a piece of shit so yeah…

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