I Am the Monarch – Chapter 1 : Return (1)


The clogged breath exploded out.

“Pant. Pant. Pant.”

His chest beat like he had been running for the whole day.

‘Did I die?’

He felt strange.
His senses felt dull just like when he had just woken up from a dream, and his head hurt as if it would split.
At that moment, he felt a strong impact on the back of his head.


“This bastard of a newcomer slipping out! You dare to sleepwhile we are on standby for battle?”

Roan looked back with his cloudy eyes while touching the back of his head.

“Oh? Are you glaring at me right now?”

It was a robust man with a square chin.
He couldn’t see well because his field of vision bothered him, but Roan knew who he was.

“Mister Pete?”

It certainly was Pete.
The senior of the 7th corps Rose unit he was first assigned to, 20 years ago.

‘But he died in the monsters subjugation 20 years ago……..’

Roan frowned.

‘In the end, you meet dead people again.’

At that moment, he stood up and extended his hand, feeling glad to see him again.

“It’s been a long time. Nice to see you.”

He gave a greeting while he smiled.
However, Pete’s expression wasn’t that good.

“This bastard!”
A punch flew along with a curse.



Roan rolled on the ground after being hit.
A severe pain could be felt.

‘Damn it. Can you feel pain even after you die?’

He moved his chin.
At that time, he saw his right hand and his body.
It was a really feeble looking body.
On top of that, the back of his hand was soft and clean.

‘What is this? Do you get younger when you die?’

Everything gave him question.
At that moment, someone hurriedly came to him and stopped him.

“Roan. Are you crazy? Why are you so suddenly like this?”

It was a noise so small, it seemed like it was whispering to him.
Roan slowly turned his head and looked at the owner of the voice.


A surprised look was seen on his face.
Roan’s face was much more surprised than when he saw Pete.

“Why are you here…….? No, you got younger on top of that?”
Pierce didn’t die.
On top of that, he couldn’t die.
Because after he became a duke of Rinse Kingdom, he didn’t show himself in dangerous places like battlefields.
However, more than anything, he couldn’t understand how he became young. It made him remember the first time they met 20 years ago.

“Are you crazy?”

Pierce slapped him with an expression of panic.


At that moment, Roan felt that his consciousness became clearer.
It was just like the fog in his head was lifted.
And the dull senses became sharp just like before.
When that happened, he could clearly see the scene before him.

‘Is this the Rose troop’s barracks?’

He was certain.
He was certain that it was the barracks the Rose troop used 20 years ago.
It wasn’t a thing such as heaven or hell.
On top of that, the people were seated in a line on the floor.
They were all familiar faces.

‘My comrades from the Rose troop from 20 years ago? What happened? Did I not die?”
It was a confusing situation for Roan.
However, his thoughts didn’t last for long.

“This bastard!

Because Pete approached him and kicked him.


Roan rolled on the floor and quickly curled himself.
He hid his vitals by instinct.
But fortunately, Pete couldn’t continue kicking him.
It was because the entrance of the barracks opened and a middle aged man with scary eyes appeared.

“What are you doing?!”

A sharp voice rang out.
Roan recognized the owner of that voice even without looking at him.

‘Squad Commander Tane.’

His head started to roll.

‘I didn’t die.’

He slowly pinched the inner sides of his thigh.
He felt an intense pain.

‘It’s not even a dream.’

Then only one thing remains.

‘Did I return to the past?’

It was difficult to believe, but it had the highest probabilities.
If that also wasn’t it, maybe the past 20 years of his life was just a dream.

‘Whatever it is, I’m still alive.’

Just this was enough for him.
Roan slowly stood up from that spot and returned to his seat.
Tane frowned but he didn’t keep talking.
He didn’t have the leisure to do so right now.

“Everybody prepare. We will pass through Ale Village and reach Pedian’s Plain.”

At that moment, everybody’s faces distorted.

“Oh damn. For it to be Ale Village.”
“If we went to Varen’s Castle I was planning to seriously relax myself.”
“That bar last time was fine, right?”
“Yeah. The female owner killed it.”
They talked amongst themselves and soothed their regretful feelings. Tane clapped.

“Everybody shut your mouths and move quickly! Oliver take care of the newcomers.”

Oliver, who was tall and had a slim body, replied in a loud voice and approached Roan.

“Everybody take your helmets and your armor.”

At his words, the newcomer soldiers including Pierce started to slowly equip their armor.
Oliver looked at Roan and said as if he was growling.

“You stupid bastard. You too, quickly put them on. I’m looki…….”

He couldn’t finish his words.
Roan had skillfully equipped the armor and even finished organizing his luggage in an instant.

‘What is this bastard? Why is he so skilled?’

Oliver was at a loss of words for a moment.
Only looking at how he was packing the luggage, he was even a step higher than himself.

‘I did these kind of things for 20 years.’

Roan had a bitter smile on his face.
Oliver wanted to say something else, but as he had nothing to point out he turned back with a disappointed face.
At that time, Pierce’s voice rang through his ear.


His voice was so small it seemed like he was whispering at him.
As Roan looked back, Pierce pointed at the luggage bag and had a pitiable face.

‘You really are the same as 20 years ago.’

He was also like this back then.
Pierce, at that time, was timid and didn’t have any talent. But on top of that he had a small body so he always asked him for help.
Roan walked towards him and shook his head after packing his luggage in the bag.

‘For this guy to become the duke of Rinse Kingdom surpassing the commander in chief……..’

Just looking at him right now, it was something unbelievable.

‘He was lucky. His life became better after he became apprenticed to the genius spearman Reil Baker……..’

At that moment, Roan’s eyes became wide.
His fingers trembled.

“Roan. What happened?”

Pierce had a worried expression on his face but it wasn’t a situation where he could mind that.

‘If it’s true that I have returned to the past, then I know what’s going to happen from now on.’

Although he didn’t remember all of the small details and accidents, he did remember the news that made the shook the world.
Especially, the battles and wars he faced for the past 20 years. He clearly remembered it all, to the point that if he was asked to make a report of it, he could write it all down.

Thump thump.

His heart beat became faster.

‘I can become one.’

His two eyes became filled with a hot passion.

‘This time, I can become one.’

Roan’s face became bright red.

‘This time, I can really become a great commander. A great commander that can really command the entire nation.’

His smile dimmed all of a sudden.

‘No, no.’

The memories, experiences, and information he had weren’t at the level to satisfy him with only being a great general.


He tightly clenched his fist.

‘At the very least, I should become a monarch.’

From olden times, they’ve said to dream bigger.
The objective of his past life was to become a great commander.
But he became a spearman.
So the objective in this life was to become a monarch.

‘If that’s so, won’t I at least become a commander?’

On top of that, the starting line in this life was already different.
Because he knew what was going to happen from now on.


He remembered the memories from 20 years ago.
The first battle.
That fierce memory.
At that moment, Roan’s face froze.

He remembered.

The heartbreaking and miserable first battle.

< Return (1) > End

Translator’s note: This the my side project I was talking about. The quality won’t be that good because I wasn’t able to find a proofreader yet. So if any of you has any interest of being a help to me, send a mail to kobato 😉 There won’t be a fixed release date for it. But will try to get 3 or 4 chapters a week. Anyways, you will have chapters the next two days. Thanks for reading!

Translator : Subak
Proofreader: st8_lupe

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9 Replies to “I Am the Monarch – Chapter 1 : Return (1)”

  1. Argos Yesu

    I can just imagine fate.

    “Well then, let’s see what he… no. Nononono. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? All I needed was another commander, why the hell did you change that!? Oh crap, his destiny’s already changing and I used up my last token just now… crapcrapcrapcrapcrap… No… maybe it’ll work out, right? … right?”


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