＃When he returned, his family was ruined (108)
He offered to give him his eldest daughter.
There were many reasons why the Turian Marquis came to this conclusion.
‘Even if the Duke’s words are lies.’
In his opinion, the duke was by no means an easy person. This means that it is a masterpiece that can bear fruit even under the checks and balances of the seven families.
The power of the 7 Kingdoms was great, but the Turians remembered the past.
Even if the duke has the skills to take down the 7th family like past family heads.
If they were connected through marriage, Marquis Fractal would have been able to overcome the crisis.
‘It might actually be better.’
What if the remaining 6 families side with the duke instead when they decide that the duke has the advantage?
Rather, he could have enjoyed greater prestige than he does now.
This was the reason why he wanted to marry his eldest daughter without hesitation.
Whether that statement is false or not.
The current Duke of Ethan was a more attractive option than Mileton, who was considered one of the best grooms in the kingdom.
7th Street also had an excuse.
Wouldn’t it be sufficient justification to say that you would send your daughter to watch over the duke?
He would not bear the stigma of a traitor.
The Marquis thought of his eldest daughter.
He was a child who was considered one of the best in the history of the spirit family.
I wonder if he must have felt more than a hundred regrets that he was not the eldest son.
The Duke and his eldest daughter.
There was no doubt that any child born between the two would have greater potential than anyone else.
A child who inherits half of the Fractal Marquis’s blood could become the best swordsman on the continent.
The Marquis’ eyes sparkled.
‘I won’t refuse.’
Rumors about Ysera were widespread throughout the kingdom.
Not only does she have the greatest talent, but her beauty makes her one of the most beautiful women in the kingdom.
Even the famous Mileton went to the extent of subtly putting pressure on the family to make a marriage agreement with his eldest daughter.
Anyone could see that this was an overly attractive offer.
As someone who is meticulous and practical, he did not refuse this offer…
“Did you think about it… what?”
“Are your ears dark?”
The Turian Marquis widened his eyes.
Because I couldn’t even imagine that I would refuse this offer.
“I don’t know why I’m asking this after hearing it.”
The decision to give away a daughter.
Ethan had also heard rumors about the marquis’ eldest daughter.
To sum it up in one word.
―The best bride in the kingdom.
This was roughly the rumor.
If the Marquis wanted to, he could connect with the royal family through his daughter. In such a situation, making such an offer meant that he had placed a fairly large bet.
Kingdom 7th Street.
Each of them was not an easy family. So, if the number of allies increased by even one more, it would not be a loss to oneself.
This was especially true for allies who could clearly see into the enemy’s inner state.
In order to carry out the plan I had in mind, the best decision was not to connect with anyone in the 7th family.
This was the reason why Ethan rejected the Marquis’ offer.
The Marquis tilted his head at those words.
Even the Three Dukes Theron did not know this secret. A secret that only Ethan, the eldest son, knows.
The reason I told such a secret only to myself.
‘Of course it wasn’t because you wanted to form a relationship with this side?’
Soon the Marquis’s eyes opened wide.
What if the Duke had completely different thoughts and told this secret?
“…are you really planning to spread this secret to all 7 families?”
The duke did not answer.
All I can think of is a meaningful smile.
The Marquis had a hunch.
‘You were planning to spread it all over 7th Street!’
What if things go that way?
It was obvious that the situation would become complicated.
If a family had a daughter, there was room to utilize a duke.
But what if there is a family with only sons?
‘You must be anxious.’
Even if the seven families joined forces to wipe out the duke’s family, there would be no way for them to speak out about the duke’s treatment.
Families with daughters will want to use dukes as stallions.
But what about other families?
‘They’ll try to kill you. certainly.’
Whether that secret was true or not, there was no way they could stand by and watch another family take advantage of it.
Ultimately, this meant that the number of families that could utilize the duke’s ‘secret’ was limited. If the collaterals were brought in, it would be possible to somehow airlift the girl, but there would be few generous family heads willing to give such power to the collaterals.
It was actually just an assumption that the seven families would wipe out the dukedom.
The family that received the kingdom’s protection and the kingdom’s citizens paid attention to was the Duke of Ardan.
Even for the 7th family, it was difficult to suppress the Duke family by force. Because public sentiment will completely turn upside down.
So wasn’t it an attempt to utilize the Three Princes Theron?
The Marquis had a hunch.
‘There’s going to be chaos in the future!’
A person trying to contact the duke.
A person who wants to kill the Duke altogether.
Even those who want to use them as stallions.
As there are seven heads in the seven families, there is a high possibility that opinions will spread in all directions as time passes.
In such a situation, what if the duke continues to increase his own ransom?
The cracks that have opened ever so slightly from the inside will slowly begin to burst.
Ethan looked at the marquis’ stern face.
‘also. ‘He’s got quite the head.’
It was something I knew intuitively from the moment I said I would give my daughter to her.
Even though he doesn’t completely believe the secret he told, he will do it without hesitation.
Of course, it doesn’t mean that he wants to extend a hand to himself as well.
As the head of an organization called a noble family.
That was a pretty wise decision in Ethan’s opinion.
In the end, the world was a winner-takes-all structure, and it meant that the possibility of this side becoming the winner was fully taken into consideration.
This means that no matter what you do, you have the ability to avoid extinction.
The Marquis thought for a while and spoke.
“…I guess that’s why I rejected my daughter. “Then let me make another suggestion.”
“Give me authority over when and to whom I will spread the secret.”
A stupid person keeps pointing out things that shouldn’t work, but a person with a smart head tends to point out things that might work. The Marquis Turian’s suggestion now was the latter.
“Hmm. “With your bare mouth?”
Being able to decide when to spread it meant that you could shape it the way you wanted. The duke’s eyes said this. Don’t you know the value of it?
The peacock in front of me was definitely a girl.
“What do you want?”
“Give me your family’s belongings.”
“The duke’s stuff? “Are you sure you mean that black liquid lump?”
“okay. “I’m talking about that liquid lump.”
A black lump that emerged from the Duke’s body after his death.
The Marquis Turian had a history of purchasing this from one of the 10 collateral families.
‘I didn’t know exactly what it was for, but…’
One thing was certain.
The fact was that it was likely to be an item related to the duke’s direct lineage.
If it was just a lump of liquid, there was no way the duke would have used that as a condition of the deal.
‘Uhm. As expected… it was an item related to blood relatives.’
That possibility was one that had been suggested by the 7th family for a long time.
That’s why I brought a lump of liquid to Theron.
However, the liquid showed no reaction.
It was the same even when I fed it.
I wonder what the substitute ingredient was made of, but when I put it in my mouth, it immediately popped out of my body as if it were alive.
Through thousands of experiments, not a single family has figured out the purpose of the liquid mass.
It was the same for Fractal Marquis.
Because of that, that item was no different from a burden to him.
‘If I can give it to you and make it my way…’
It was a good condition.
If the deal with the duke was successful, he could have taken the lead in the 7th family.
“…I will. But I can’t give it to you right now. “It’s one of the items kept in the family.”
“I’ll give it a week.”
“Okay. “I will have it delivered to you through someone.”
Soon the Turian spoke while looking at Ethan.
“I’ll be honest. I want the Duke’s skills. A lot of that too.”
“And it occurred to me that there was no need for us to be enemies like that. As I said before, the creation of the Three Dukes like that was not done by me, but by the two Duke families.”
Whatever it was, the duke was the first to tell the secret. This would not have been a meaningless action.
Considering its close geographical location, it may have been a gesture of reconciliation in its own way. This is not a situation where there is even room for negotiation.
“Of course, our 7th family stole the technology from the Duke family, but… I would like to say that it was one of the great trends of the times.”
“Let me consider it.”
Ethan dismissed it briefly.
As you live life, you come to realize that there are no permanent enemies or friends.
If you stretch too straight.
It was also easy to break.
Ethan knew the logic.
As he said, there was no need to fight to the death right away.
The Marquis nodded at those words.
It didn’t mean that the Fractal Marquis and the Duke would join hands right away.
Achieving this level of progress with just the first conversation was a satisfying enough achievement.
“…Then I’ll just leave.”
The Marquis’ new model has disappeared.
* * *
The first place the Marquis went after returning to the family was the secret training room located deep within the castle.
The Turian Marquis who knocked on the door asked.
“Can I come in?”
The Marquis soon entered the training room and looked at his daughter.
“Isera. “Your marriage has been decided.”
At those words, my daughter’s eyes widened and she immediately asked back.
“What’s going on? “When are you going to lock me up here because I need to raise the ransom?”
“…your guy. “Has your level risen again?”
“That’s it. “Do you know that this is all because of your father, who locked you here for training?”
“I really want to go out now. “It’s so boring here.”
Although the tone was seemingly calm, the Marquis was aware of the warning contained in it.
He meant that if you didn’t let him out, he would use force and cause a riot.
The Marquis, seeing his daughter asking with sparkling eyes, answered with a sigh.
It was known to the world that she was practicing closed-door training to challenge herself to a higher level, but the reality was completely different.
It was like keeping them locked in a secret training room because they didn’t know what would happen if they were let out.
Unlike the world known for her quiet and calm demeanor, Lee Sera’s temperament was like a bomb that could explode at any moment. It was difficult for even the father himself to properly understand what nature his daughter had.
The Marquis sighed inwardly.
The eldest daughter with monstrous talent.
Up until now, the child had been kept locked up in a secret training room, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to control this child. This was also the reason why the Marquis thought of sending his daughter to the Duke.
‘If this child’s true state is revealed… the world will turn upside down.’
It was known that he was the strongest among the 7 late exponents, but this was not true.
His eldest daughter, Sera Lee, who has kept this state completely hidden.
He was known to the world as a level 7 spiritist at most, but in reality, that was all just a blatant lie.
Because his eldest daughter was a monster who had already reached the level of a superhuman.
Even the Marquis had recently had to seriously worry about whether or not he would be able to subdue his daughter.
‘…If you’re a duke.’
Maybe he can control his daughter too.
There was also a hidden reason why the Marquis brought up the topic of marriage.
Just by looking at it, it was obvious that Mileton, who had the temperament of a gisaeng brother, would not be able to control his daughter even if she woke up dead.
‘…Anyway, I’m glad.’
half a year.
There was not much time left until the eldest daughter had the skills to break through the secret training room where all kinds of defensive magic circles were installed.
Now it was time to send this bomb somewhere else.
“Instead of coming out, please run one errand.”
“errand? “What is it?”
“All you have to do is hand one thing to your husband-to-be.”
“Who is it? Surely it’s not Grand Duke Mileton? I’ve said this for a long time, but I have no intention of treating someone weaker than me like a man. Just make sure it’s a real milestone. “I won’t stay still.”
“…No, so don’t worry.”
“Then who is it? Is it really one of the 7 families? “I don’t like that either.”
“It’s a duke.”
“…huh? “Are you planning on selling your daughter to your old man?”
Ysera smiled, and her body gained momentum. The Turian, sweating coldly, quickly waved his hand.
“He’s your age! “A peer!”
“huh? A duke like that… could it be…?”
“okay. “This is the duke who has been rumored these days.”
Only then did interest begin to appear in Ysera’s eyes.
“After running errands?”
“Then do as you wish. If you want to come back, come back, if not, don’t. “One thing must be made clear.”
“What is it?”
“If you like it, hold on to it somehow. my daughter “Is it okay for you to ask for that much?”
“…Well, that’s about it. great.”
Ysera nodded willingly. It was a reasonable condition in its own way.